Arkansas Highway 22

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Highway 22 marker

Highway 22
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 75.60 mi[1] (121.67 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 64 / US 71B in Fort Smith
  I-540 / US 71 in Fort Smith
AR 549 / Future I-49 in Barling
AR 23 in Caulksville
East end: AR 7 in Dardanelle
Location
Counties: Sebastian, Franklin, Logan, Yell
Highway system
AR 21 AR 23

Highway 22 (AR 22, Ark. 22, and Hwy. 22) is an east–west state highway in the Arkansas River Valley. The highway runs 75.60 miles (121.67 km) from US 64/US 71B east to Highway 7 in Dardanelle. The highway is one of the original 1926 state highways, and is maintained by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

Route description[edit]

Highway 22 east of Barling

The route begins in Fort Smith at US 64/US 71B. It runs east, crossing I-540/US 71. AR 22 concurs with AR 255 through Fort Chaffee and intersects AR 96 east of the installation. The route next enters Charleston where it meets AR 217 before crossing AR 41 in Branch.[2] County Line High School is located on this highway near Branch.

Caulksville brings a junction with AR 23, and meetings with AR 109, AR 288, and AR 309 occur in Paris. AR 22/AR 109/AR 288 run together until Subiaco, when the route loses AR 288 but crosses AR 197.[3] AR 22 eventually loses AR 109 at Midway, running alone to Dardanelle.[4] The route terminates at AR 7 after a very brief concurrency with AR 155.[5]

The road itself is fairly straight and in reasonably good repair. Passing can be safely accomplished in several stretches of Highway 22 despite a lack of constructed passing areas.

History[edit]

The route was one of the original 1926 Arkansas state highways. AR 22 ran from Fort Smith to Dardanelle along a routing very similar to the modern-day routing of AR 22. One surviving element of the original alignment survives in Yell County west of Dardanelle; it consists of CR 906, a 0.25-mile (0.40 km) stretch of concrete pavement 18 feet (5.5 m) wide. This segment was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[6] A surviving section built in 1930 is also found in New Blaine.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Sebastian Fort Smith 0.00 0.00 US 64 / US 71B (Garrison Avenue / Towson Avenue / North 11th Street) – National Historic Site, National Cemetery
3.67 5.91 I-540 to I-49 / I-40 / US 71 – Van Buren I-540/I-49 exit 8
Barling 7.07 11.38 AR 253 south
8.07 12.99 AR 255 north
8.38 13.49 AR 59 north – Van Buren, Trimble Lock & Dam, Springhill Park
8.65 13.92 AR 549 south / Future I-49 Opened to traffic and signed as AR 549, northbound segment into Crawford County unbuilt; future I-49 exit 193
Central City 11.00 17.70 AR 255 south – Vache Grasse Park
Diamond Grove 14.04 22.60 AR 96 – Lavaca, Greenwood
16.33 26.28 AR 255 north – Lavaca
20.20 32.51 AR 252 west
Franklin Charleston 23.58 37.95 AR 217 north (Greenwood Street) – Vesta
24.33 39.16 AR 217 south (South Rattlesnake Road)
Branch 29.21–
29.81
47.01–
47.97
AR 41 – Chismville, Cecil Officially designated exception
Logan Ratcliff 32.61 52.48 AR 398 west
Caulksville 33.81 54.41 AR 23 – Ozark, Booneville
Paris 39.69 63.87 AR 369 south (South Charcoal Plant Road)
AR 109 south / AR 309 (Elm Street) – Mount Magazine State Park
Subiaco AR 197 north – Scranton
Midway AR 109 north – Clarksville, Cane Creek Recreation Area, Dublin Recreation Area
New Blaine AR 197 north – Shoal Bay Recreation Area
Delaware AR 393 north – Delaware Recreation Area
Yell Dardanelle AR 155 west – Mount Nebo State Park
AR 7 to AR 27 south – Ola, Danville, Russellville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ System Information and Research Division (2014). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (MDB). Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Sebastian County map Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Franklin County map Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Logan County map Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Yell County map Retrieved on 2009-10-05.
  6. ^ "NRHP nomination for Old Arkansas 22-Dardanelle Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2016-04-28.