Arkansas Highway 272

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Highway 272 marker

Highway 272
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Section 1
Length: 2.06 mi[1] (3.32 km)
East end: US 71B in Waldron
West end: Waldron Municipal Airport
Section 2
Length: 1.58 mi[1] (2.54 km)
West end: AR 88 in Queen Wilhelmina State Park
East end: US 59 / US 270
Location
Counties: Polk, Scott
Highway system
US 271 AR 273

Highway 272 (AR 272, Ark. 272, and Hwy. 272) is a designation for two east–west state highways in the Ouachita Mountains region of western Arkansas. One segment of 2.06 miles (3.32 km) runs west from U.S. Route 71 Business (US 71B) in Waldron to the Waldron Municipal Airport.[a 1][2] A second route of 1.58 miles (2.54 km) begins at US 71/US 270 at Rich Mountain and runs west to Highway 88 at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.[3] Both routes are owned and maintained by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

Route description[edit]

Waldron to Waldron Municipal Airport[edit]

The highway begins at US 71B (Main St) in Waldron and runs west as Crumptown Rd. The highway has a brief overlap with US 71, called an officially designated exception.[a 2] Following this overlap, the highway breaks west and terminates at the Waldron Municipal Airport.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park to US 59/US 270[edit]

The highway begins about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Mena and is within Polk County for its entire length.[3] The western terminus of the route is at Highway 88 in Queen Wilhelmina State Park, near the summit of Rich Mountain. The eastern terminus is at the concurrency of U.S. Route 270 and U.S. Route 59. The highway gains over 650 feet (200 m) along its course.

History[edit]

The segment between Waldron and the airport was adopted as a state highway by the Arkansas State Highway Commission on March 28, 1973.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Scott Waldron 0.00 0.00 US 71B (Main St) Eastern terminus
1.18–
1.29
1.90–
2.08
US 71 – Fort Smith, Y City Officially designated exception
2.06 3.32 Waldron Municipal Airport Western terminus
Highway 272 begins in at US 71/US 270
Polk 0.00 0.00 AR 88 – Mena, Queen Wilhelmina State Park Western terminus
Rich Mountain 1.58 2.54 US 59 / US 270 – Mena, Heavener, OK Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Arkansas highways normally run from south to north and from west to east, the Route Log Database[1] indicates that Highway 272 begins at Highway 71B and runs west.
  2. ^ Map note for officially designated exception: 1.18-1.29 0.11 MI EXCEPTION OVER U.S. 71[4]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b c Planning and Research Division (2012). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (MDB). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ General Highway Map, Scott County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. October 9, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map, Polk County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. December 16, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ Route and Section Map, Scott County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Minute Order 73-156" (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting. ASHC. March 28, 1973. p. 1122. Retrieved March 31, 2016.