Interstate 55 in Arkansas Article

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Interstate 55 marker

Interstate 55
I-55 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length72.22 mi [1] (116.23 km)
Major junctions
South end I-55 / US 61 / US 64 / US 70 at Tennessee state line
  I-40 in West Memphis
I-555 / US 61 / US 63 / AR 77 in Turrell
US 61 in Blytheville
North end I-55 at Missouri state line
Location
Counties Crittenden, Mississippi
Highway system
AR 54 AR 56

Interstate 55 (I-55) is a north–south Interstate Highway that has a 72.22-mile (116.23 km) section in the U.S. state of Arkansas connecting sections in Tennessee and Missouri. The route enters Arkansas on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River from Memphis. It travels northward through northeast Arkansas connecting the cities of West Memphis and Blytheville. I-55 continues into Missouri heading to St. Louis, Missouri. The highway overlaps Interstate 40 in West Memphis and has a junction with Interstate 555, a spur route to Jonesboro, in Turrell. For the majority of its routing through Arkansas, I-55 generally follows U.S. Route 61 (US 61).

Route description

Interstate 55 splits from Interstate 40 in West Memphis.

I-55 enters Arkansas from Memphis, Tennessee on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River, sharing the bridge with US 61/ US 64/ US 70/ US 79. Shortly after entering the state the highway enters West Memphis, where US 70 exits the route and becomes Broadway Avenue. I-55/US 61/US 64/US 79 form a concurrency with Interstate 40 at exit 5, an overlap that lasts 3.1 miles (5.0 km). [2] The highways split at I-40 exit 277, with I-40/US 63/US 79 continuing west to Little Rock and I-55/US 61/US 63/US 64 running north into Marion. US 64 exits I-55/US 61/US 63 in Marion, continuing west as Old Military Road toward Wynne. Interstate 55 continues to run through farmlands of the Arkansas delta, paralleling Highway 77 until Turrell.

Diagram of Lake David Interchange

In Turrell, I-55/US 61/US 63 meets the southern terminus of I-555, a spur route of I-55 connecting Jonesboro to the Interstate Highway system. I-555/US 63 run north to Jonesboro, while Highway 77 and US 61 become frontage roads for I-55. Slightly east of this junction these frontage roads depart I-55, with Highway 77 running near Birdsong and US 61 serving Wilson. I-55 runs northeast to enter Mississippi County, Arkansas, having junctions with Highway 118 to Joiner, Highway 181 to Bassett, Highway 14 near Marie, and Highway 181 near Keiser. In Osceola, the route has a junction with Highway 140 near Osceola Municipal Airport. [3] I-55 continues northeast, intersecting minor state highways in rural Mississippi County before a junction with US 61 in south Blytheville. Interstate 55 intersects Highway 18 in Blytheville before exiting town headed due north. The route has a junction with Highway 150 just before crossing the Missouri state line.

Exit list

CountyLocationmi [1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Shelby Memphis0.000.00 I-55 / US 61 south / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 eastContinuation into Tennessee
Mississippi River0.721.16 Memphis & Arkansas Bridge; Tennessee–Arkansas state line
Crittenden West Memphis1.0661.7161Bridgeport Road
2.8314.5563A AR 131 (Mound City Road)Northbound exit only
3.1004.9893B US 70 west (Broadway Boulevard) – West MemphisNorthern end of US 70 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
3.6035.7984Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Southland Drive to I-40 east – Memphis
4.7667.670 I-40 east – Memphis, NashvilleSouthern end of I-40 overlap, exit 279B eastbound; southbound exit and northbound entrance
4.7797.6915Ingram BoulevardSouthbound signed as exit 279A
5.2468.443278 AR 77 (Missouri Street) / AR 191 north (7th Street)Exit number follows I-40; AR 77 (Missouri Street) signed northbound only
7.08811.407 I-40 / US 79 west – Little Rock, Forrest CityNorthern end of I-40 and US 79 overlaps; northbound exit and southbound entrance; I-40 exit 277 westbound
7.29111.7347 AR 77 (Missouri Street)Southbound exit and northbound entrance
7.51312.0918 I-40 west / US 63 south / US 79 west – Little RockSouthern end of US 63 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-40 exit 277
Marion9.81915.80210 US 64 west – Marion, Sunset, WynneNorthern end of US 64 overlap
14 CR 4 – Jericho
17 AR 50 – Jericho
21 AR 42 – Turrell
Turrell23 I-555 north / US 61 north / US 63 north / AR 77 – Marked Tree, Jonesboro, TurrellNorthern end of US 61 and US 63 overlaps, exits 1A-B; signed as exits 23A (I-555/US 63/AR 77 north) and 23B (US 61/AR 77 south) southbound, no southbound entry from northbound AR 77.
Mississippi34 AR 118 – Tyronza, Joiner
36 AR 181 – Bassett, Wilson
41 AR 14 – Lepanto, Marie
44 AR 181 – Keiser, Marie, Wilson
48 AR 140 – Osceola
53 AR 158 – Victoria, Luxora
57 AR 148 – Burdette
Blytheville63 US 61 – Blytheville
67 AR 18 – Blytheville
71 AR 150 – Arkansas International Airport
72State Line RoadNorthbound exit and entrance
I-55 north to I-57 – St. Louis, ChicagoContinuation into Missouri
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (March 28, 2012). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (MBD) on June 23, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ General Highway Map, Crittenden County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 2, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  3. ^ General Highway Map, Mississippi County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 11, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2012.

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