Interstate 40 in Arkansas

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This article is about the section of highway in Arkansas. For the entire length of highway, see Interstate 40.

Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 284.69 mi[1] (458.16 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑40 at Oklahoma state line
  I-540 / US 71 in Van Buren
I-49 in Alma
I-430 in North Little Rock
I-30 / US 65 / US 67 / US 167 in North Little Rock
I-440 / AR 440 in North Little Rock
I-55 / US 61 / US 63 / US 64 in West Memphis
East end: I-40 at Tennessee state line
Highway system
AR 39 AR 41

Interstate 40 (I-40) is an east–west Interstate Highway that has a 284.69-mile (458.16 km) section in the U.S. state of Arkansas connecting sections in Oklahoma to Tennessee. The route enters Arkansas from the west just north of the Arkansas River near Dora. It travels eastward across the northern portion of the state connecting the cities of Fort Smith, Clarksville, Russellville, Morrilton, Conway, Little Rock, Forrest City, and West Memphis. I-40 continues into Tennessee heading through Memphis. The highway has major junctions with Interstate 540 at Van Buren (the main highway connecting to Fort Smith), Interstate 49 at Alma (the main highway connecting to Fayetteville and Bentonville), Interstate 30 in Little Rock (the Interstate linking south to Texarkana and Dallas, Texas) and Interstate 55 to Blytheville.

For the majority of its routing through Arkansas, I-40 follows the historic alignment of two separate United States highways. From Oklahoma to Little Rock, Interstate 40 generally follows U.S. Route 64 through the Ozark Mountains. East of Little Rock, the route generally follows the routing of U.S. Route 70 until Tennessee.

Route description[edit]

Oklahoma to Little Rock[edit]

Interstate 540/US 71 run south from I-40 at exit 7 in Van Buren, providing access to the larger city of Fort Smith.[2]
Interstate 30 begins at I-40/US 65/AR 107 and runs south ad I-30/US 65/US 67/US 167.

I-40 enters Arkansas from Oklahoma at Dora in Crawford County.[2] It heads east into Van Buren, giving access to Fort Smith as well across the Arkansas River to the south. Access is primarily via Interstate 540/US 71, which was built as a southern spur to Fort Smith in the 1970s. I-40 overlaps with US 71, forming a concurrency until the alignment of US 71 breaks north to Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and its northern Arkansas terminus in Bella Vista.[3][4] The route continues to parallel US 64 into the Ozark Mountains by entering Franklin County and providing access to the Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Ozark.[5] Interstate 40 runs through Clarksville (where it has a junction with US 64), passes over part of Lake Dardanelle, and meets Highway 7 in Russellville.[6][7] I 40 continues to the east through Morrilton before turning south to Conway and Faulkner County.[8][9] In Conway, I-40 forms a concurrency with US 65 at exit 125, which will continue until exit 153a in Little Rock. The highway also has a another junction with US 64 and US 65 Business in Conway before passing Lake Conway and entering the Little Rock metropolitan area.[9]

Little Rock to Tennessee[edit]

In West Memphis, Arkansas, Interstate 40 is designated as a Blue Star Memorial Highway.

Now in Pulaski County, I-40 heads towards the south-southeast as it heads to the town of Maumelle. It continues towards this direction until it reaches Interstate 430, which provides access along the western side of Little Rock.[10] Further southeast near the Arkansas River, the route has a high volume interchange as the northern terminus of Interstate 30 as well as concurrent routes with US 67/US 167; US 65 turns south at this intersection, breaking the concurrency formed in Conway.[10] I-40 (now concurrent with US 67 and US 167) continues east for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) before the US 67/US 167 concurrency turns north as a separate northeasterly expressway.[10] From this point onward, Interstate 40 begins to parallel US 70 rather than US 64, which was a more or less a parallel route until Conway. The interstate continues to the east to intersect the concurrency of I-440/AR 440 before entering Lonoke County.[10] Passing through Lonoke, the route runs through rural Arkansas with straight alignments and relatively few junctions, forming an overlap with US 63 in Hazen and meeting US 49/AR 17 in Brinkley.[11][12][12][13] Upon entering St. Francis County, Interstate 40 runs northeast to Forrest City, where it intersects with Highway 1.[14] Continuing northeast, I-40 enters Crittenden County, where it intersects with US 79 at Shearerville and enters West Memphis.[15]

The highway continues to the northeast to an interchange with Interstate 55, which form a concurrency east for 3.1 miles (5.0 km). I-40 continues east onto the Hernando De Soto Bridge over the Mississippi River. The Tennessee border is at the midpoint of the river, and Memphis, Tennessee begins at the east side of the bridge.[15]

History[edit]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Crawford Fort Smith 0.00 0.00 I‑40 west – Oklahoma City Continuation into Oklahoma
1 SH-64D south – Fort Smith, Dora Eastbound exit is in Oklahoma and is signed as exit 330
Van Buren 3 Lee Creek Road
5 AR 59 – Van Buren, Siloam Springs
7 I-540 south / US 71 south – Van Buren, Fort Smith Western end of US 71 concurrency; I-540 south to US 271 and temporary concurrency with I-49 and US 71; I-540 exits 0A-B
Alma 12 I-49 – Fayetteville, Texarkana Temporary southern end of I-49 segment
13 US 71 north – Alma Eastern end of US 71 concurrency
Mulberry 20 Dyer, Mulberry
24 AR 215 – Mulberry
Franklin Ozark 35 AR 23 – Ozark, Huntsville
37 AR 219 – Ozark
Wiederkehr Village 41 AR 186 – Altus
Johnson   47 AR 164 – Hartman, Coal Hill
Clarksville 55 US 64 to AR 109 – Hartman, Scranton, Clarksville
57 Clarksville
58 AR 103 to AR 21 – Clarksville
Lamar 64 US 64 – Lamar
Knoxville 67 AR 315 – Knoxville
Pope London 74 AR 333 – London
78 US 64 – Russellville
Russellville 81 AR 7 (Arkansas Ave.) – Russellville
83 AR 326 (Weir Rd.) – Russellville
84 AR 331 to US 64 – Russellville
Pottsville 88 AR 363 – Pottsville
Atkins 94 AR 105 – Atkins
Conway   101 Blackwell
Morrilton 107 AR 95 – Morrilton
108 AR 9 – Morrilton
Plumerville 112 AR 92 north – Plumerville
Menifee 117 Menifee
Faulkner Conway 124 AR 25 north – Conway, Wooster As of May 1, 2008 this exit now includes on-ramps and off-ramps in both directions.
125 US 65 north / US 65B south – Greenbrier, Harrison, Conway Western end of US 65 concurrency
127 US 64 – Vilonia, Conway, Beebe
129 US 65B north / AR 286 (Dave Ward Drive) to AR 60 Signed as exits 129A (east) and 129B (north/west) westbound
Mayflower 135 AR 89 to AR 365 – Mayflower
Pulaski   142 AR 365 – Morgan, Maumelle
North Little Rock 147 I-430 south – Texarkana I-430 exits 13A-B
148 AR 100 (Crystal Hill Road)
150 Burns Park
152 AR 365 – Levy Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
152A AR 176 – Levy Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
153A AR 107 north
153B I-30 west / US 65 south / US 67 south / US 167 south – Little Rock Eastern end of US 65 concurrency; western end of US 67/US 167 concurrency; I-30 exits 143A-B
154 Lakewood Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
155 US 67 north / US 167 north – Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville Eastern end of US 67/US 167 concurrency
156 Springhill Drive — Baptist Health Medical Center-NLR
157 AR 161 – Prothro Junction
159 I-440 west / AR 440 east – Jacksonville, Texarkana
161 AR 391 – Galloway
Lonoke   165 Kerr Road
  169 AR 15 (Remington Road)
Lonoke 175 AR 31 – Lonoke, Beebe
Carlisle 183 AR 13 – Carlisle
Prairie Hazen 193 US 63 south / AR 11 – Hazen, Des Arc Western end of US 63 concurrency
  202 AR 33 – Biscoe, De Valls Bluff
Monroe Brinkley 216 US 49 to AR 17 – Brinkley, Cotton Plant
St. Francis Wheatley 221 AR 78 – Wheatley, Marianna
Palestine 233 AR 261 – Palestine
  239 AR 1 – Wynne, Marianna
Forrest City 241 AR 1B – Forrest City, Wynne Signed as exits 241A (south) and 241B (north)
242 AR 284 (Crowley's Ridge Road)
  247 AR 38 east – Hughes, Widener
  256 AR 75 – Parkin
  260 AR 149 – Earle
Crittenden Jennette 265 AR 218 to US 79 – Hughes
West Memphis 271 AR 147
275 AR 118 (North Airport Road)
276 To AR 77 (Missouri Street) / Rich Road Eastbound exit only
277 I-55 / US 61 / US 63 north / US 64 west – Blytheville, Jonesboro, St. Louis Eastern end of US 63 concurrency; western end of I-55/US 61/US 64 concurrency
278 AR 77 (Missouri Street) / AR 191 (7th Street)
279A Ingram Boulevard
279B I-55 / US 61 south / US 64 east – Memphis, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi Eastern end of I-55/US 61/US 64 concurrency; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
280 Club Road
281 AR 131 (Mound City Road) Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
284.69 458.16 I-40 – Nashville, Knoxville Hernando de Soto Bridge crossing; Tennessee state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (Database). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map, Crawford County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ General Highway Map, Washington County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ General Highway Map, Benton County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ General Highway Map, Franklin County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2011. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ General Highway Map, Johnson County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ General Highway Map, Pope County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ General Highway Map, Conway County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b General Highway Map, Faulkner County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d General Highway Map, Pulaski County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ General Highway Map, Lonoke County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b General Highway Map, Prairie County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  13. ^ General Highway Map, Monroe County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  14. ^ General Highway Map, St. Francis County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b General Highway Map, Crittenden County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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Interstate 40
Previous state:
Oklahoma
Arkansas Next state:
Tennessee