U.S. Route 67 in Arkansas

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U.S. Highway 67 marker

U.S. Highway 67
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 279.15 mi[1] (449.25 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 67 / US 82 in Texarkana at Arkansas state line
 
North end: US 67 near Corning at Missouri state line
Highway system
Hwy. 66 Hwy. 69

U.S. Route 67 is a U.S. highway running from Presidio, Texas northeast to Sabula, Iowa. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 279.15 miles (449.25 km) from the Texas border in Texarkana northeast to the Missouri border near Corning.[1] The route passes through several cities and towns, including Hope, Benton, Little Rock, Beebe, Walnut Ridge, and Pocahontas. US 67 runs concurrent with several highways in Arkansas including Interstate 30 (I-30) between Benton and Little Rock, U.S. Route 64 in Arkansas through White County, U.S. Route 63 in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, and with U.S. Route 62 in northeast Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Route 67 runs parallel to Interstate 30 from Texarkana to Benton, where it then runs concurrent with I-30 to North Little Rock. It then runs east, concurrent with I-40, for about 2 miles (3.2 km) then branches off to the northeast as a freeway to near Swifton.[2] Temporarily, US 67 travels west for about 6 miles (9.7 km) along Highway 226 at the end of the freeway to its old 2-lane alignment, where it continues north toward Hoxie.[3] Just south of Hoxie, US 67 is routed east along the US 63 bypass for a short distance, then north on a short section of freeway bypassing Hoxie and Walnut Ridge. This section of freeway will eventually be connected to the interstate-style freeway that currently ends at Arkansas Highway 226. It is currently under construction and will open in the next two to three years.

Just north of US-412, the freeway ends at a large, partially complete interchange, and US-67 becomes a five-lane undivided highway north to Pocahontas. From Pocahontas, US-67 turns northeasterly as a two-lane highway to Corning with a concurrency with US 62, then turns north again and crosses into Missouri.

History[edit]

Original trace of the Southwest Trail, precursor to U.S. Route 67 in the area.

The southwest-northeast bisector of Arkansas has always been an integral motor route.[4] Prior to designation as US 67, the route was known as the Southwest Trail, an old military road around 1803.[4] The Southwest Trail connected St. Louis, Missouri with Texas by steamboat in Fulton, Arkansas.[5] The main railroad was built along the Southwest Trail, which developed many towns along the route. President Andrew Jackson appropriated money for the route in 1831, and designated it as a National Road. Although the route shifted slightly, it always has followed the natural break between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains.

Money for road maintenance was raised individually by county in the early 20th century, which hindered development of the route.[4] In the 1920s, federal money became available, and the route was designated U.S. Route 67. The routing followed the Lakes to Gulf Highway and the Bankhead Highway. Federal designation brought paving to the route, which grew the small towns along the route.

An abandoned portion of the early 1929-30 alignment of US 67 has survived in Lawrence County, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This segment is about 11.25 miles (18.11 km) in length, and runs north from Alicia to Hoxie, most of this being sandwiched between the present Arkansas Highway 367 and US 67, and the adjacent railroad tracks. Near the village of Village Creek Relief it briefly turns west, crossing Village Creek, and then rejoining the railroad tracks near the town of Relief.[6] A second section in Miller County is also listed on the National Register.

In early 2009, the Arkansas legislature passed a bill naming the portion of US-67 from the Missouri state line to Jackson County "Rock n' Roll U.S. 67" as a tribute to the route that many musicians of the 1950s and 1960s took as they traveled. Governor Mike Beebe stated that he had hopes that the naming would bring tourism to northeast Arkansas. Porton of the route, and also Arkansas Highway 7 between Hope and Hot Springs frequently used by Bill Clinton is designated The Highway of Hope by Arkansas Code § 27-67-220.

Future[edit]

AHTD is upgrading U.S 67 to a four-lane highway. northeast of Little Rock. As of 2013, it runs as an Interstate-standard freeway to Highway 226 between Cash and Swifton. Construction is underway to extend the freeway to the U.S. 63 Bypass in the Walnut Ridge–Hoxie area, connecting to a pre-existing short section of U.S. 67 freeway that ends at U.S. Route 412. Long-range plans had called for the freeway to be extended from U.S. Route 412 to the Missouri State line, but Missouri backed off its commitment to continue the freeway north of the state line. As a result, U.S 67 will only become an expressway north of Walnut Ridge.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Miller Texarkana US 67 / US 82 Continuation into Texas
US 71 north (State Line Avenue) – Ashdown South end of US 71 overlap
US 71 south (Hickory Street) – Shreveport North end of US 71 overlap
US 82 east (9th Street) – Magnolia North end of US 82 overlap
Hwy. 245 (The Loop) On and off ramps were removed on April 30, 2013
Hwy. 296 east (Mandeville Road) – Lewisville South end of Hwy. 296 overlap
Hwy. 237 east
Mandeville Hwy. 296 west North end of Hwy. 296 overlap
  Hwy. 108 north
  I‑30 west
Red River Bridge over Red River
Hempstead Fulton Hwy. 355 north – Nashville
  Hwy. 353 north
Hope Hwy. 174 south
US 278 west – Nashville South end of US 278 overlap
Hwy. 29B south (Main Street) – Lewisville South end of Hwy. 29B overlap
Hwy. 32 north / Hwy. 29 north – Blevins North end of Hwy. 29B overlap; south end of Hwy. 32 overlap
Hwy. 29 – Blevins, Lewisville
US 278 east / Hwy. 32 south – Camden, Bodcaw North end of US 278/Hwy. 32 overlap
Hwy. 73 east (Rocky Mound Road)
  Hwy. 174 north
  Hwy. 299 west South end of Hwy. 299 overlap
Nevada Emmet Hwy. 299 east – Bluff City North end of Hwy. 299 overlap
Prescott Hwy. 332 west – Blevins
US 371 – Nashville, Magnolia
Clark   Hwy. 51 north South end of Hwy. 51 overlap
  Hwy. 51 south – Whelen Springs North end of Hwy. 51 overlap
Gurdon Hwy. 53 south – Camden South end of Hwy. 53 overlap
  Hwy. 182 west
  Hwy. 53 north – Glenwood North end of Hwy. 53 overlap
Gum Springs Hwy. 26
Arkadelphia Hwy. 7 south / Hwy. 8 east – Camden, Princeton South end of Hwy. 7/Hwy. 8 overlap
Hwy. 8 west – Glenwood North end of Hwy. 8 overlap
Caddo Valley Hwy. 7 north – Hot Springs North end of Hwy. 7 overlap
Hot Spring Friendship Hwy. 283 north (Caney Road)
  Hwy. 51 south – Donaldson
Malvern Hwy. 9 – Hot Springs, Princeton
  US 270 (George Hopkins Loop) – Hot Springs, Pine Bluff
Saline   I‑30
  Hwy. 229 south – Fordyce South end of Hwy. 229 overlap
  I‑30 North end of Hwy. 229 overlap; south end of I-30 overlap
Benton 116 Hwy. 229 / Sevier Street, South Street
117 Hwy. 5 west / Hwy. 35 – Benton South end of Hwy. 5 overlap
118 Hwy. 5 east (Congo Road) North end of Hwy. 5 overlap
121 Alcoa Road
Bryant 123 Hwy. 183 – Bauxite, Bryant
Pulaski Little Rock 126 Hwy. 111 (Alexander Road) – Alexander
128 Otter Creek Road, Mabelvale West Road
129 I‑430 north – Fort Smith
130 Hwy. 338 (Baseline Road) – Mabelvale
131 South Chicot Road Northbound exit only
131 McDaniel Drive Southbound exit only
132 US 70B east (University Avenue) – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
133 Geyer Springs Road
134 Scott Hamilton Drive, Stanton Road
135 65th Street
138A I‑440 east – Little Rock National Airport, Little Rock River Port, Memphis Signed as exit 138 southbound
138B I‑530 south / US 65 south / US 167 south – Pine Bluff, El Dorado South end of US 65/US 167 overlap; no exit number southbound
139A Hwy. 365 (Roosevelt Road)
139B I‑630 (Wilbur Mills Freeway) – Downtown
140 9th Street, 6th Street Signed as exits 140A (9th Street) and 140B (6th Street) southbound
141A Hwy. 10 (Cantrell Road) / Clinton Avenue, Markham Street, 2nd Street, Ferry Street
Arkansas River Bridge over Arkansas River
North Little Rock 141B US 70 west (Broadway) / US 70B west North end of US 70 overlap
142 15th Street
143A I‑40 west / US 65 north / Hwy. 107 north – Fort Smith Northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US 65 overlap; south end of I-40 overlap; east end of I-30
153B I‑30 west
154 Hills Boulevard
155 I‑40 east – Memphis North end of I-40 overlap
1 McCain Boulevard Signed as exit 1A (east) and exit 1B (west) northbound
2 McClanahan Drive
Sherwood 3 Wildwood Avenue, Trammel Road
4 Brookswood Road
5 Hwy. 176 west (Kiehl Avenue) / Rixey Road
6 Hwy. 440 south – Memphis
Jacksonville 8 Redmond Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
9 Main Street
10A James Street
10B Frontage Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
11 Hwy. 161 south (Air Force Base)
Lonoke   16 Hwy. 5 west / Hwy. 321 north – Heber Springs Signed as exits 16A (Hwy. 321) and exit 16B (Hwy. 5) northbound
Cabot 19 Hwy. 89
  22 Hwy. 321 south – Austin
Ward 25 Hwy. 319 – Ward
White Beebe 28 US 64 west / US 67B north – Conway, Beebe South end of US 64 overlap
29 Hwy. 367S Access to Arkansas State University at Beebe
31 US 67B south / Hwy. 31
  35 Hwy. 13 – McRae
  42 US 67B north / Hwy. 11 / Hwy. 367 – Searcy
Searcy 44 Hwy. 267 / Hwy. 367 – Searcy
45 Hwy. 36 (Beebe Capps Expressway)
46 US 67B south – Searcy, Kensett
  48 Hwy. 385 – Judsonia
  51 Hwy. 157 – Judsonia
Bald Knob 54 Bald Knob Lake Road
55 US 64 east / US 167 north / Hwy. 367 – Batesville, Augusta, McCrory North end of US 64/US 167 overlap
Russell 60 3rd Street – Russell
Bradford 65 Hwy. 87 west – Bradford
White River Bridge over White River
Jackson   69 CR 319 – Possum Grape
  74 Hwy. 224 north / CR 177
  80 Hwy. 14 / Hwy. 224 – Waldenburg
Newport 82 Hwy. 17 – Newport, McCrory
83 Hwy. 384 – Newport
85 Hwy. 18 – Diaz, Newport, Grubbs
  87 CR 43
  95 Hwy. 37 – Tuckerman
Craighead   102 Hwy. 226 east – Walnut Ridge, Cash, Jonesboro North end of freeway; south end of Hwy. 226 overlap
Jackson   Hwy. 224 – Newport
  Hwy. 367 south – Newport North end of Hwy. 226 overlap
Lawrence Alicia Hwy. 230 east – Jonesboro
Minturn Hwy. 228 west – Strawberry
Hoxie US 63 north / US 67B – Hardy, Walnut Ridge South end of US 63 overlap
US 63 south – Jonesboro Interchange; north end of US 63 overlap
Walnut Ridge Hwy. 91 – Walnut Ridge, Egypt
US 412 – Walnut Ridge, Paragould Interchange
US 67Y to Hwy. 34 – Walnut Ridge, Delaplaine
US 67B south – Walnut Ridge
Randolph   Hwy. 90 east – Delaplaine South end of Hwy. 90 overlap
Pocahontas Hwy. 304 east – Delaplaine
US 62 west – Ravenden, Hardy South end of US 62 overlap
Hwy. 90 west / Hwy. 115 north North end of Hwy. 90 overlap
  US 67B north – Biggers
Reyno Hwy. 328 west – Reyno
Clay   Hwy. 211 north
Corning US 62 east – Piggott North end of US 62 overlap
  US 67 north Continuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (Database). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (May 13, 2011) (PDF). General Highway Map, Pulaski County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PulaskiCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (PDF). Route and Section Map, Jackson County, Arkansas (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mjack_ras.pdf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Hanley, Ray (1999). "Introduction". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. OCLC 99-65712. 
  5. ^ Hanley, Ray (1999). "Saline County to Miller County: Benton to Texarkana". A Journey Through Arkansas - Historic U.S. Highway 67. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-7385-0052-6. OCLC 99-65712. 
  6. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old US 67, Alicia to Hoxie". Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 


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