Special routes of U.S. Route 49

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U.S. Route 49 marker

U.S. Route 49
Highway system

Several special routes of U.S. Route 49 exist. In order from south to north they are as follows.

Existing[edit]

Helena-West Helena business route[edit]

US 49B runs south near the Centennial Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena, AR

U.S. Highway 49B
Location Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Length 6.92 mi[1] (11.14 km)
Existed June 24, 1970[2]–present

U.S. Highway 49 Business (US 49B, Hwy. 49B) is a 6.92-mile (11.14 km) business route of U.S. Route 49 in Phillips County.[3]

Route description

The route's northern terminus is at US 49 in Helena-West Helena. It runs south as Sebastian Street and splits into two divided one-way streets known as Plaza Avenue at a junction Highway 242. These routes overlap for 0.13 miles (0.21 km) until Highway 242 turns north along 4th Street, where a concurrency with Crowley's Ridge Parkway (CRP). The one-way streets merge and become Richmond Drive headed east. US 49B passes the Faust House, Myers House, Central High School and the Helena Country Club before meeting the former corporate limit of West Helena prior to their 2005 merger. The route winds and splits into two divided one-way streets begin as it enters the area formerly designated as Helena. After a junction with Highway 185 the routes pass several historical properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Altman House, Beech Street Historic District, James C. Tappan House, Coolidge House, and the Jerome Bonaparte Pillow House. Highway 49B turns south onto Columbia Street, with CRP continuing eastbound on city streets toward the business district, while also intersecting the Great River Road, which runs northbound on Columbia Street and eastbound on Perry Street. US 49B runs south past the Allin House, William Nicholas Straub House, Centennial Baptist Church, and the St. Mary's Catholic Church. The route continues south past the Keesee House, William A. Short House, and Estevan Hall before becoming Biscoe Street and terminating at the parent route.

History

The route was designated June 24, 1970 following completion of a US 49 bypass around Helena and West Helena. The former US 49 alignment through downtown Helena and West Helena was assigned the US 49B designation.[2]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Helena-West Helena, Phillips County.

mi[3] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 49 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) – Brinkley, Clarksdale, MS Northern terminus
1.36–
1.49
2.19–
2.40
AR 242 (Sebastian Street / 4th Street) / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. north Begin CRP overlap
4.33 6.97 AR 185 south (Perry Street) AR 185 northern terminus
Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. south (Perry Street / Porter Street) / Great River Road (Columbia Street / Perry Street) End CRP overlap
6.92 11.14 US 49 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) – Brinkley, Clarksdale, MS Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Brookland business route[edit]

U.S. Highway 49B
Location Brookland, Arkansas
Length 3.66 mi[1] (5.89 km)
Existed July 28, 2000[4]–present

U.S. Highway 49 Business (US 49B and Hwy. 49B) is a 3.66-mile (5.89 km) business route of U.S. Route 49 in Craighead County.[5] The route's southern terminus is at US 49 and Highway 1 (AR 1) in south Brookland. It runs north as Holman Street, passing the Brookland City Hall and Brookland High School. North of the high school, US 49B runs due north to meet Arkansas Highway 230 and eventually intersect US 49/AR 1 to terminate.

Route history

This roadway was originally part of AR 1, designated in 1926 in Arkansas's initial state highway system. US 49 overlapped AR 1 through the area after extension in 1978.

Route Description

The entire route is in Brookland, Craighead County.

mi[5] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 49 / AR 1 – Jonesboro, Paragould Southern terminus
2.37 3.81 AR 230 east – Dixie AR 230 western terminus
3.66 5.89 US 49 / AR 1 – Jonesboro, Paragould Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Paragould business route[edit]

U.S. Highway 49B
Location Paragould, Arkansas
Length 2.36 mi[1] (3.80 km)
Existed August 22, 1979[6]–present

U.S. Highway 49 Business (US 49B and Hwy. 49B) is a 2.36-mile (3.80 km) business route of U.S. Route 49 in Greene County.[7] Posted as US 49B, the route's northern terminus is at US 49 in north Paragould. It runs south and intersects AR 135 near the Greene County Fairgrounds. The route continues south as 3rd Street, passing near the historic National Bank of Commerce Building, the Paragould War Memorial, the Paragould Downtown Commercial Historic District, and the Gulf Oil Company Service Station to terminate at US 412.

History

Following the designation of Highway 1 as US 49 between Jonesboro and Piggott, AR 1B in Paragould was redesignated as US 49B on August 22, 1979.[6]

Route Description

The entire route is in Paragould, Greene County.

mi[7] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 49 / AR 1 – Jonesboro, Piggott Northern terminus
0.99 1.59 AR 135 north AR 135 southern terminus
2.36 3.80 US 412 east (Kings Highway) / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. north Begin US 412/CRP overlap
US 49 / AR 1 (Linwood Drive) / US 412 west / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. south (Kings Highway) – Jonesboro, Paragould Southern terminus, end US 412 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former[edit]

Hattiesburg business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 49 Business
Location Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Greenwood business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 49E Business
Location Greenwood, Mississippi

Jonesboro business loop[edit]

U.S. Highway 49B
Location Jonesboro, Arkansas
Length 5.2 mi[9] (8.4 km)
Existed June 25, 1979[10]–November 26, 1996[8]

U.S. Highway 49 Business (US 49B and Hwy. 49B) is a former 5.2-mile (8.4 km) business route of U.S. Route 49 in Craighead County.[9]

History

The route was created following an Arkansas State Highway Commission request to extend US 49 along Highway 1 between Jonesboro and Piggott.[11] It was approved by the United States Route Number Committee of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on June 25, 1979.[10] It was truncated at the end of the one-way pair in downtown Jonesboro near Cate Street on April 25, 1996.[12] The remainder was deleted eight months later, with pieces redesignated as Highway 18, Highway 141, and US 63B.[8]

Major intersection

The entire route was in Jonesboro, Craighead County.

mi[5] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 49 / US 63 Southern terminus
1.3 2.1 US 63B east / AR 18 east (Highland Drive) Begin US 63B/AR 18 overlap
2.9 4.7 US 63B west / AR 18 west (Johnson Avenue) / AR 141 north (Main Street) End US 63B/AR 18 overlap, AR 141 southern terminus
5.2 8.4 US 49 / AR 1 Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c System Information and Research Division (2014). "Arkansas Road Log Database" (MDB). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Minutes" & 1970–79, p. 1636.
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map, Phillips County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting" (PDF). Arkansas State Highway Commission. 2000–2009. pp. 88–89. Retrieved December 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c General Highway Map - Craighead County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (1/08/10 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Minutes" & 1970–79, p. 153.
  7. ^ a b General Highway Map - Greene County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (5/21/09 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Minutes" & 1990–99, pp. 852-853.
  9. ^ a b General Highway Map Craighead County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:63500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. March 1990. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (June 25, 1979). Written at Buford, GA. "Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 1. Retrieved December 14, 2017 – via Wikimedia Commons. 
  11. ^ "Minutes" & 1970–79, pp. 66.
  12. ^ "Minutes" & 1990–99, pp. 755-756.