Interstate 440 (Arkansas)

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Interstate 440
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 14.16 mi[1][2] (22.79 km)
Existed: last completed:2003 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-30 / I-530 / US 65 / US 167 near Little Rock
  US 165 in North Little Rock
US 70in North Little Rock
I-40 in North Little Rock
North end: US 67 / US 167 in Jacksonville
Highway system
I-430 Hwy. 463

Interstate 440 (abbreviated I-440) in Arkansas is a partial loop of 9.96 miles (16.03 km) connecting Interstate 40 with Interstate 30 and Interstate 530 near Little Rock. The route, known as the East Belt Freeway during planning and construction, travels through much of the area's industrial core in the eastern part of the metropolitan area and near Little Rock National Airport and the Port of Little Rock. The route is mostly a six-lane freeway.[3]

North of I-40, the route continues as Arkansas Highway 440 (Hwy. 440) until it reaches U.S. Route 67 in Jacksonville. This section of Hwy. 440 is known as the North Belt Freeway. Highway 440 is proposed to eventually extend back to I-40 at Interstate 430 between Maumelle and Little Rock. Once this segment is completed, Highway 440 will be redesignated as Interstate 440.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at Interstate 30 and runs east to a large interchange ith US 65/US 167. After this interchange, I-440 intersects Springer Boulevard and Bankhead Drive near Little Rock National Airport. The highway continues across Lindsey Road northeast to cross the Arkansas River. I-440 has interchanges with US 165 and US 70 before terminating at Interstate 40. On the north side of I-40, Arkansas Highway 440 is an extension of I-440 built to interstate standards. The route runs north to Jacksonville, connecting Little Rock with US 67/US 167.

To avoid repeating the disturbance of the Fourche Creek floodplain by a causeway section of I-30 (including what is now the I-30/I-440/I-530 interchange), most of I-440 between I-30 and the exit leading to the airport is an extended bridge through the floodplain, crossing Fourche Creek several times.

History[edit]

The idea of Interstate 440 was first proposed in 1941.

I-440 is part of a planned full loop around the metropolitan area, together with Arkansas's Interstate 430. Part of that effort, an extended route from I-440's north end at Interstate 40 to US Highway 67, opened in 2003 as Highway 440 and is also known as part of the North Belt Freeway project.

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Pulaski County.

State Location Mile[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
Arkansas Little Rock 0.00 0.00 I-30 west – Hot Springs, Texarkana Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.00 0.00 138B I-530 south / US 65 south / US 167 south – Pine Bluff Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, exit no. corresponds to I-30
0.00 0.00 138A I-30 east / US 65 north / US 167 north Westbound exit and eastbound entrance, exit no. corresponds to I-30
1.28 2.06 1 Hwy. 365 (Springer Boulevard)
3.44 5.54 3 Bankhead Drive – Airport Sign.svg Little Rock National Airport
3.80 6.12 4 Lindsey Road
5.16 8.30 5 Fourche Dam Pike – Little Rock River Port
North Little Rock 6.97 11.22 7 US 165 – England, Scott
7.91 12.73 8 CR 82 (Faulkner Lake Road)
9.55 15.37 10 US 70
  9.96 16.03 11 I-40 – Fort Smith, Memphis Signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east); I-440 ends and Hwy. 440 begins
  13.26 21.34 12 Hwy. 161 – Rixey
Jacksonville 14.16 22.79 13 US 67 / US 167 – Sherwood, North Little Rock, Jacksonville Freeway ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Route and Section Map (Map). Pulaski County supplemental. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mpula_minset_ras.pdf. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Route and Section Map (Map). Pulaski County. http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mpula2_ras.pdf. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved May 7, 2011.