U.S. Route 71 in Arkansas and Texas
|Maintained by AHTD, TxDOT|
|Length:||300 mi (500 km)
About 4 miles of highway is located in Texas near Texarkana
|South end:||US 71 at Louisiana state line|
|I‑49 in Fayetteville|
|North end:||US 71 at Missouri state line|
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.
The route enters Arkansas near the Red River, and runs north through the communities of Doddridge and Fouke. 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) 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. 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. 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. 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. Just north of town a former alignment comes into view briefly before the Mills Cemetery and the Sevier County line.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. Also part of the I-49 extension, I-540 north of Alma will be replaced and resigned as Interstate 49.
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|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|
|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|
|Texas–Arkansas state line||Bowie–Miller county line||Texarkana–Texarkana 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|
||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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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
- 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 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.
- Map note: 3.39 mi. exception to Texas portion of US 71
- 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.
- "Interstate 130 route to be designated in Arkansas" (Press release). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 2001.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- 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.
- "Bella Vista Bypass". Bella Vista, AR. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Interstate 540 Arkansas". Interstate Guide. Self-published. Retrieved December 22, 2013.[unreliable source]
- 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.