U.S. Route 63 in Arkansas

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U.S. Highway 63 marker

U.S. Highway 63
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Major junctions
South end: US 63 / US 167 in Junction City at Louisiana state line
 
North end: US 63 in Mammoth Spring at Missouri state line
Highway system
US 62 US 64

U.S. Route 63 (US 63) is a north-south U.S. highway that begins in Ruston, LA. In the US state of Arkansas the highway enters the state from Louisiana concurrent with US 167 in Junction City. The highway zigzags through the state serving the major cities of Pine Bluff, West Memphis and Jonesboro. The highway exits the state at Mammoth Spring traveling into Missouri.

US 63 shares many overlaps with other highways in Arkansas. This includes I-40 and I-55. Once the freeway section was extended further south to I-55 at Turrell, US 63 from there to Jonesboro became I-555.

Route description[edit]

U.S. 63 enters into Arkansas from Louisiana concurrent with US 167 in Junction City. Just a few miles into the state, the two highways run on the eastern edge of El Dorado as an expressway. US 167 splits here, traveling towards Hampton. US 63 bypasses the town of Warren, crossing US 270. US 63 passes through the rural Cleveland County, then enters into Jefferson County.

US 63 along with I-555 and US 49 in Jonesboro

In Jefferson County, US 63 serves the city of Pine Bluff. US 63 bypasses the city, running on the last 3 miles of I-530. Also in Pine Bluff, the highway overlaps with US 65 and US 79. US 63 runs northeast with US 79 until Stuttgart, where the highway runs north to Hazen. Just north of Hazen, US 63 overlaps with I-40 to West Memphis. In West Memphis, US 63 runs north with I-55.

U.S. 63 runs with I-55 until Turrell, where it leaves the interstate and runs concurrent with I-555 until Jonesboro, until I-555 terminates. US 49 overlaps the two roadways for two miles in central Jonesboro. US 63/I-555 serves as a by-pass for southern Jonesboro. In Hoxie, US 63 intersects with US 67. Northwest of here near Portia the highway overlaps with US 412.

In Imboden US 62 joins this overlap. In Hardy, US 63 leaves the two highways. In Mammoth Spring, US 63 crosses into Missouri, traveling to West Plains.

History[edit]

Portions of U.S. 63 in northern Arkansas have their origins in the work of the Ozark Trails Association, which established a network of roads in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri beginning in the 1910s. A portion of roadway was mapped out in Arkansas between Mammoth Spring and Memphis, Tennessee, and built c. 1918-22. This roadway was eventually designated Highway A-7, and was later designated U.S. 63. Some of the original infrastructure of this early construction has survived the 1927 Mississippi flood and the realignment of U.S. 63 in 1967. Northwest of Tyronza, Old U.S. 63 runs for about 1-1/4 miles of original concrete pavement;[1] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[2] Four bridges built in the 1920s (three before the 1927 flood and one after, are also on the National Register; three southeast of Marked Tree, and one southeast of Tyronza.[3][4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Union Junction City US 63 south / US 167 south – Ruston Louisiana state line
AR 7 south – Lockhart, LA South end of AR 7 overlap
El Dorado US 82 / AR 15 south – Magnolia, Crossett, South Arkansas Regional Airport Interchange; US 82 exit 22
15 US 82B / US 167B north (Hillsboro Street) Interchange
US 167 north / Main Street – Fordyce, Camden Interchange; North end of US 167 / AR 7 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 16
Old Union AR 129 south (Lawson Road) – Lawson
AR 275 south – Strong
Bradley AR 600 – Moro Bay State Park
AR 160 west – Jersey South end of AR 160 overlap
Hermitage US 63B north / AR 160 east – Hermitage, Ingalls North end of AR 160 overlap
US 63B south – Hermitage
Carmel AR 8 east – Johnsville South end of AR 8 overlap
AR 980 – Warren Municipal Airport
Warren US 278 – Hampton, Monticello
US 63B north
US 278B
AR 8 west – Fordyce North end of AR 8 overlap
US 63B south / AR 189 south – Monticello
Cleveland Rye AR 35 south – Monticello, Lake Monticello South end of AR 35 overlap
Pansy AR 11 north / AR 35 north – Rison, Star City North end of AR 35 overlap
Calmer AR 114 west – Rison South end of AR 114 overlap
AR 114 east – Star City North end of AR 114 overlap
Jefferson AR 54 east – Glendale South end of AR 54 overlap
Pinebergen AR 54 west North end of AR 54 overlap
Pine Bluff I-530 north / US 79 south (US 65 north) / US 63B north – Little Rock South end of I-530 / US 65 / US 79 overlap; US 63 south follows exit 43
44 AR 530 south – Star City, Monticello
Pine Bluff 46 US 65 south / AR 190 (Harding Avenue) – Dumas, McGehee, Lake Village North end of I-530 / US 65 overlap; South end of US 65B overlap; US 63 north follows exit 46
US 65B north / Harding Street / Market Street North end of US 65B overlap
AR 81 south
Altheimer US 79B to US 65 north – Pine Bluff, UAPB
US 79B south to AR 88 – Reydell, Altheimer Business District
Arkansas Humphrey AR 13 north – Humnoke, Carlisle
AR 152 east – Bayou Meto WMA
AR 343 south
US 79B north – De Witt, Phillips Community College
Stuttgart US 79 north (West Michigan Street) – Clarendon, Arkansas County Agricultural Museum North end of US 79 overlap
US 165 – England, Little Rock, De Witt, Clarendon
Prairie AR 980 – Stuttgart Municipal Airport
AR 86 west – Slovak South end of AR 86 overlap
Siedenstricker AR 86 east – Tollville North end of AR 86 overlap
Hazen US 70 east – DeValls Bluff, Brinkley South end of US 70 overlap
US 70 west – Hazen Business District North end of US 70 overlap
I-40 west / AR 11 north – Little Rock, Des Arc, Lower White River Museum State Park South end of I-40 overlap; US 63 south follows exit 193
see I-40
Crittenden I-40 east / I-55 south (US 61 south / US 64 east / US 79 north) – Memphis North end of I-40 / US 79 overlap; South end of I-55 / US 61 / US 64 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 277; US 63 south follows exit 8
see I-55
Turrell I-55 north / AR 77 south (US 61 north) / I-555 – Blytheville, St. Louis, MO, Turrell North end of I-55 / US 61 overlap; US 63 north follows exit 23; US 63 south follows exit 1A; Southern terminus of I-555
Gilmore 2 AR 77 north – Gilmore
Poinsett 7 AR 135 – Lepanto
Tyronza 8 AR 118 – Tyronza
Marked Tree 13 US 63B north / AR 149 – Marked Tree, Earle
14 US 63B south (AR 14 east) / AR 75 – Marked Tree, Lepanto, Parkin South end of AR 14 overlap
16 AR 14 west – Payneway, Harrisburg North end of AR 14 overlap
24 AR 463 – Trumann
Trumann 29 AR 69 – Trumann
Craighead Bay 35 AR 463 – Bay
Jonesboro 36 Nestlé Road
39 AR 18S (Commerce Drive)
40 US 63B north / AR 463 south
42 US 49 north / AR 1 (Stadium Boulevard) / Caraway Road South end of US 49 overlap
44 AR 1B (Harrisburg Road)
45 US 49 south / AR 18 east (Southwest Drive) North end of US 49 overlap; South end of AR 18 overlap;Northern terminus of I-555
46 AR 226 west (Wood Springs Road) / Strawfloor Road
47 Washington Avenue
49 AR 91 (Dan Avenue / AR 18 west) / I-555 Interchange; North end of freeway; North end of AR 18 overlap; northern terminus of I-555
US 63B north – Bono Business District
AR 230 to AR 91 – Alicia, Bono
US 63B south – Bono Business District
Greene
No major junctions
Lawrence Sedgwick AR 228 east – Light South end of AR 228 overlap
AR 228 west to AR 349 North end of AR 228 overlap
Walnut Ridge AR 91 – Egypt
US 63B north to US 67B
US 67 north to US 412 – Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas, Paragould Interchange; South end of US 67 overlap
Hoxie US 67 south / US 67B north – Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Newport Interchange; North end of US 67 overlap
US 63B south – Hoxie Business District
US 412 east – Walnut Ridge, Paragould South end of US 412 overlap
Black Rock AR 25 – Black Rock, Powhatan, Davidsonville Historic State Park, Powhatan Courthouse, Lake Charles Interchange
AR 117 north – Davidsonville Historic State Park South end of AR 117 overlap
AR 117 south – Smithville North end of AR 117 overlap
Imboden US 62 east – Pocahontas, Business District South end of US 62 overlap
AR 115 south – Smithville, Cave City
Randolph
No major junctions
Lawrence Ravenden AR 90 east – Ravenden Springs
Sharp AR 58E west – Williford
AR 58 west – Williford
Hardy AR 175 north – Wirth South end of AR 175 overlap
US 63B north – Hardy, Historic District
US 62 west / US 412 west / US 63B south (AR 175 south) to US 167 – Hardy, Ash Flat, Batesville, Mountain Home North end of US 62 / US 412 / AR 175 overlap
Fulton Mammoth Spring AR 9 south – Salem, Business District
US 63 north – Thayer Missouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A-7, Tyronza Segment" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A-7, Bridges Historic District" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Highway A7, Ditch No. 6 Bridge" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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