U.S. Route 71 in Arkansas and Texas

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 71 in Arkansas and Texas. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 71.

U.S. Highway 71 marker

U.S. Highway 71
Route information
Maintained by AHTD, TxDOT
Length: 300 mi (500 km)
About 4 miles of highway is located in Texas near Texarkana
Major junctions
South end: US 71 at Louisiana state line
 

I‑49 near Doddridge
I-30.svg I-30 in Texarkana, TX/AR
I‑540 in Fort Smith
I‑40 near Alma

I‑49 in Fayetteville
North end: US 71 at Missouri state line
Highway system
US 70 AR Hwy. 72
US 70 TX SH 71

U.S. Highway 71 (US 71) is a U.S. highway that runs from Krotz Springs, LA to the Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge at the Canadian border. In Arkansas, the highway runs from the Louisiana state line near Doddridge to the Missouri state line near Bella Vista. In Texarkana, the highway runs along State Line Avenue with US 59 and partially runs in Texas (northbound traffic is in Arkansas and southbound in Texas). Other areas served by the highway include Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

US 59/US 71 in Ashdown

The route enters Arkansas near the Red River, and runs north through the communities of Doddridge and Fouke.[1] Most motorists can now bypass US 71 from Doddridge to Texarkana via Arkansas Highway 549, a four-lane controlled-access highway which is intended to be part of the extension of Interstate 49. After approximately 30 miles (48 km) of paralleling Highway 549, the route turns west, passes the historic Averitt House and enters Texarkana. Highway 71 has a brief concurrency with Highway 237 before crossing over The Loop Interstate 49 (former Interstate 130)[2] in the southeast part of town.

Inside the loop, Highway 71 becomes East Street, passing the Texarkana Country Club and Hobo Jungle Park before becoming Hickory Street in downtown Texarkana. The street is four-lane undivided, passing the Bottoms House and J.K. Wadley House before meeting US 67/US 82. US 71 forms a short, two-block concurrency with US 67/US 82 before turning north along Hazel Street.[a] This minor city street runs northwest to intersect State Line Avenue; at this point, the northbound lanes are in Arkansas, while the southbound lanes are in Texas.[1] While on State Line Avenue, US 71 intersects Loop 14 before US 59 joins US 71 at Interstate 30.

From Arkansas Highway 296 north of Texarkana to the Red River, US 71 runs concurrent with US 59 as an expressway. Except for the northbound lanes (which return to the Arkansas side just before the Red River), this section of 3.39 miles (5.46 km) is entirely in Texas.[b]

The highways re-enter Arkansas (specifically Little River County) completely at the Red River. US 59/US 71 serve as an eastern terminus for Highway 380 upon entering Ogden. Although US 59/US 71 bypass the community as a four-lane highway, the route formerly served Ogden as Grand Street, which as of 2011 retains original 1926 US 71 paving for some of its length.[3] Further north the routes pass under Highway 32, which skirts the southern part of Ashdown. Serving Little River's county seat as Constitution Avenue, the routes become a five-lane road with center turn lane which passes within two blocks of the Little River County Courthouse. The routes intersect Highway 32B and Highway 108 before exiting town due north to Wilton.[4] Following the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks, US 59/US 71 enters Wilton, where it passes the S.S.P. Mills and Son Building, Highway 234, and the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway Depot.[5] Just north of town a former alignment comes into view briefly before the Mills Cemetery and the Sevier County line.

US 59/US 71 south of Lockesburg

Once across the Little River, US 59/US 71 passes another former alignment, crosses through Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, and runs east of Ben Lomond before entering Lockesburg.[6] A junction in Lockesburg joins US 59/US 71 with US 371, with Highway 24 running west from the junction. Five miles (8.0 km) north of Lockesburg US 70 joins US 59/US 71/US 371, and the concurrent routes turn west to De Queen. Upon entering De Queen, US 59/US 71 turns north, US 70 continues west, US 70 Business/Highway 41 (US 70B/Hwy. 41) runs south, and US 371 terminates at the junction.[7] US 59/US 71 continue through Gillham and Grannis to serve as the western terminus of US 278 in Wickes. Junctions with Highway 246 and Highway 4 precede the route entering Mena, the county seat of Polk County.[8]

In Mena, US 59/US 71 has a brief overlap with Highway 8, during which the routes pass two NRHP listings, the Mena Kansas City-Southern Depot and the Mena Commercial Historic District.[9] US 59/US 71/Hwy. 8 also has an overlap with Highway 88, although the western end of the overlap serves as the eastern terminus of the Talimena Scenic Drive National Scenic Byway designation. After Highway 8 and Highway 88 have left the route US 59/US 71 run north to a junction with US 270 in Acorn. At a fork in the road, US 59 splits onto US 270 west, and US 270 east begins a concurrency with US 71 northbound into Ouachita National Forest.[8] US 71/US 270 continue into Scott County to Y City, where the concurrency ends and US 270 turns east. US 71 runs north through the forest to Waldron, a town the mainline route bypasses to the west while US 71B runs through downtown Waldron. While skirting Waldron, US 71 has a junction with Highway 272 near Waldron Municipal Airport as well as junctions with Highway 248, Highway 80, and Highway 28.[10] This section of US 71 from north of Mena through Fayetteville (following the original sections bypassing the new Interstate 540 has been designated a scenic byway and the Boston Mountains Scenic Loop.

First reassurance marker south of the Hwy. 23 junction in Scott County

North of Waldron, US 71 passes through Mansfield and Greenwood before intersecting with Interstate 540 on the south end of Fort Smith. US 71 overlaps I-540 for approximately 12 miles (19 km) until it reaches Iinterstate 40, then follows I-40 six miles (9.7 km) to Alma.

US 71 concurrent with I-49 in northwest Arkansas

US 71 passes through Mountainburg, Winslow, West Fork and Greenland on its way to Fayetteville. At Fayetteville, US 71 overlaps I-49 to Bentonville, as well as U.S. Route 62.

North of Bentonville US 71 continues another 12 miles (19 km) passing through Bella Vista to the Missouri state line.

Future[edit]

Most of US 71 will be bypassed by the northern extension of Interstate 49. Most of the Missouri route has been completed, but stops near Pineville. The Bella Vista Bypass is under construction and will run from Bentonville to Pineville and will also bypass the town of Jane, Missouri.[11] Also part of the I-49 extension, I-540 north of Alma will be replaced and resigned as Interstate 49.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Arkansas Miller   0.00 0.00 US 71 south Continuation into Louisiana
  I‑49 north – Texarkana Current southern end of I-49
Doddridge Hwy. 160 – Bradley, Queen City, TX
Fouke I‑49
Texarkana Hwy. 237 south (Blackman Ferry Road)
Hwy. 151 west / I‑49 to I‑369 / US 59
Hwy. 196 east (Division Avenue) – Lewisville
US 67 north / US 82 east (9th Street) – Hope, Lewisville Southern end of US 67/82 overlap
TexasArkansas state line BowieMiller county line TexarkanaTexarkana city line US 67 south / US 82 west (8th Street) – Mount Pleasant, Clarksville Northern end of US 67/US 82 overlap; US 71 runs in Arkansas northbound and Texas southbound
Loop 14 south (Texas Boulevard) – Texarkana College
I‑30 / US 59 south – Dallas, Little Rock Southern end of US 59 overlap
Hwy. 296 east (Sugar Hill Road) US 59/US 71 completely crosses into Texas just north of here before straddling the state line again
Red River US 59/71 completely enter Arkansas
Arkansas Little River Ashdown Hwy. 32 – Foreman, Saratoga Interchange
Hwy. 32B east (Rankin Street) Southern end of Hwy. 32B overlap
Hwy. 32B west (Main Street) Northern end of Hwy. 32B overlap
  Hwy. 108 west – Foreman
Wilton Hwy. 234 west – Alleene Southern end of Hwy. 234 overlap
Sevier   Hwy. 234 east – Ben Lomond Northern end of Hwy. 234 overlap
  Hwy. 27 east – Mineral Springs
  Hwy. 317 east – Nashville
Lockesburg US 371 west / Hwy. 24 – Nashville, Horatio
  US 70 east – Dierks Southern end of US 70 overlap
DeQueen US 70 west / Hwy. 41 south – Broken Bow, OK, Foreman Northern end of US 70 overlap
Polk Wickes US 278 east – Dierks
  Hwy. 246 east – Vandervoort
Cove Hwy. 4 west – Smithville, OK
Hatfield Hwy. 246 west – Honobia, OK
Mena Hwy. 8 west – McAlester, OK Southern end of Hwy. 8 overlap
Hwy. 88 west – Talihina, OK Southern end of Hwy. 88 overlap
Hwy. 8 east / Hwy. 375 south – Glenwood Northern end of Hwy. 8 overlap
Hwy. 88 east – Pencil Bluff Northern end of Hwy. 88 overlap
Acorn US 59 north / US 270 west – Hevaner Northern end of US 59 overlap; southern end of US 270 overlap
Scott Y City US 270 east – Mount Ida, Hot Springs Northern end of US 270 overlap
  Hwy. 28 east – Ola Southern end of Hwy. 28 overlap
  US 71B north – Waldron
Waldron Hwy. 272 west (Sugar Grove Road)
Hwy. 248 – Waldron, Little Pines
Hwy. 80 – Waldron
  US 71B south – Waldron
  Hwy. 28 west – Heavener, OK Northern end of Hwy. 28 overlap
  Hwy. 378 north – Mansfield
  Hwy. 23 north – Booneville
Logan
No major junctions
Scott Mansfield Hwy. 96 west – Hartford
Sebastian Huntington Hwy. 252 west – Midland Southern end of Hwy. 252 overlap
  Hwy. 252 east – Fort Chaffee Northern end of Hwy. 252 overlap
Greenwood Hwy. 10 – Greenwood, Fort Chaffee
Hwy. 10 Spur east (Center Street)
Fort Smith Hwy. 45 south – Hackett Southern end of Hwy. 45 overlap
Hwy. 45 north – Fort Smith Regional Airport Northern end of Hwy. 45 overlap
I‑540 south / US 71B north – Fort Smith I-540 overlap
11 Hwy. 255 (Zero Street)
10 Hwy. 45 (Greenwood Road) / Phoenix Avenue
9 Phoenix Avenue east, Airport Road – Fort Smith Regional Airport
8 Hwy. 22 (Rogers Avenue) Signed as exits 8A (east) and 8B (west) southbound
6 Grand Avenue
5 Kelly Highway
Crawford Van Buren 3 Hwy. 54 (4th Street) – Van Buren
2 US 64 / US 71B – Van Buren, Alma Signed as exits 2A (east) and 2B (west)
15 I‑40 west – Oklahoma City Northern terminus of I-540; southern end of I-40 overlap
  12 I‑49 north – Fayetteville Southern end of I-49
Alma I‑40 east / US 71B south – Little Rock, Alma Northern end of I-40 overlap
  Hwy. 282 south – Rudy Southern end of Hwy. 282 overlap
  Hwy. 282 north Northern end of Hwy. 282 overlap
  Hwy. 348 east
Mountainburg Hwy. 282 south Southern end of Hwy. 282 overlap
  Hwy. 282 north – Chester Northern end of Hwy. 282 overlap
Washington Winslow Hwy. 74 west
West Fork Hwy. 156 south / Hwy. 170 west
Greenland Hwy. 265 – Strickler
Hwy. 156 east – Elkins
Fayetteville US 71B north (College Avenue) – Fayetteville, Springdale
60 Hwy. 112 (Razorback Road) / Hwy. 265 south (Cato Springs Road) – University of Arkansas Southern end of freeway; southbound exit is via I-49
I‑49 north Southern end of I-49 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
62 US 62 west / Hwy. 180 east (Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) – Lincoln, Fayetteville Southern end of US 62 overlap
64 Hwy. 16 / Hwy. 112S east (Weddington Drive) – Siloam Springs
65 Porter Road
66 Hwy. 112 (Garland Avenue)
67 US 71B – Fayetteville via Fulbright Expressway
Johnson 69 Greathouse Springs Road –Johnson
Springdale 70 Don Tyson Parkway Opened on July 7, 2014[13]
72 US 412 (Sunset Avenue) – Siloam Springs, Huntsville
73 Elm Springs Road
Benton Lowell 76 Wagon Wheel Road
78 Hwy. 264 (Monroe Avenue) – Lowell, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
81 Pleasant Grove Road
Rogers 82 Whitaker Parkway
83 Hwy. 94 (New Hope Road) – Rogers
85 US 71B / Hwy. 12 (Walnut Boulevard) – Bentonville, Rogers
Bentonville 86 US 62 east (Hudson Road) / Hwy. 102 west (SE 14th Street) – Eureka Springs Northern terminus of US 62 overlap
88 Hwy. 72 – Pea Ridge
93 I‑49 south / US 71B south – Bentonville Northern terminus of I-49/freeway
Bella Vista 98 Hwy. 340 (Lancanshire Boulevard) – Bella Vista, Pea Ridge Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although it is signed that US 71 is concurrent with US 67/US 82 until State Line Avenue, the Miller County Route and Section Map[1] indicates that US 71 runs along Hazel Street, and a brief connector designated US 71Y (Section 3Y) connects US 67/US 82 to US 71 at Hazel Street along State Line Avenue.
  2. ^ Map note: 3.39 mi. exception to Texas portion of US 71[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. "Miller County" (PDF). Route and Section Map (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mmill_ras.pdf. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "Interstate 130 route to be designated in Arkansas" (Press release). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 2001. 
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (1929). "Little River County". Map Adopted by Arkansas State Legislature as State Highway System (Map). ftp://ftp.geostor.arkansas.gov/geostor_raster_02/AHTD_MAP_SERIES/HISTORIC/LittleRiver_County/mlitt_SHS_1929.TIF. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. "Little River County" (PDF). Route and Section Map (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mlitt_ras.pdf. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. "Little River County" (PDF). General Highway Map (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/LittleRiverCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. "Sevier County" (PDF). Route and Section Map (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/SevierCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (April 11, 2000) (PDF). General Highway Map, Sevier County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/SevierCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (December 22, 2000) (PDF). General Highway Map, Polk County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PolkCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (November 1999) (PDF). General Highway Map, Scott County, Arkansas (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/ScottCounty.pdf. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "Bella Vista Bypass". Bella Vista, AR. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Interstate 540 Arkansas". Interstate Guide. Self-published. Retrieved December 22, 2013. [unreliable source]
  13. ^ Caraway, Steve (July 3, 2014). "Springdale's Tyson Interchange to Open Month Early: Work Will Create Easy Access to Ballpark Development Area". NWA Online. Retrieved July 3, 2014.