State Route 440 in Arkansas
State Route 440 or SR-440 is a short state route in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The freeway forms part of the ring road around the capital Little Rock and is 8 kilometers long.
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SR-440 is the continuation of Interstate 440 that forms Little Rock ‘s eastern bypass. The highway has 2×3 lanes and leads slightly outside the built-up area, with a bridge over wetlands. SR-440 runs between the Interstate 40 interchange and the US 67 interchange.
The extension of I-440, State Route 440 from I-40 north to US 67, was under construction in about 1994 to State Route 161, this section probably opened about 1996, although the interchange with US 67 won’t be until 2003 was opened.
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SR-440 is considered a future part of I-440. There have been plans to also build a northern Little Rock ring road to join I-430 west of the city, creating a full ring road around Little Rock. These plans are not yet concrete.
Every day, approximately 30,000 vehicles use SR-440, which is generously sized with 2×3 lanes.
State Route 549 in Arkansas
State Route 549 or SR-549 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The highway has the temporary number for the future Interstate 49. The highway currently begins at the Texarkana ring road and runs south to the Louisiana border . This route is 68 kilometers long. In addition, 5 miles of State Route 549 is in use at Hiwasse in Northwest Arkansas.
The highway begins at the Louisiana border, where Louisiana Interstate 49 runs south to Shreveport. The highway has 2×2 lanes and heads north through wooded and undulating land to the town of Texarkana. There, the road crosses the east ring of Texarkana, which is also numbered State Route 245. It crosses Interstate 30, whereupon the route branches west to US 71 on the Texas border.
The second part is in Northwest Arkansas, as a bypass of Hiwasse, near Bella Vista. This part is a temporary 1×2 super two.
In December 2004, SR-549 opened as a freeway between the Texarkana and Fouke ring road. On October 21, 2005, a southward extension opened to Doddridge near the Louisiana border. On May 15, 2013, a 15-mile section opened around the north side of Texarkana. The missing section on the Louisiana border opened to traffic on November 10, 2014. This completed I-49 between Shreveport and Texarkana.
On April 22, 2014, a 5-mile section opened as a bypass of Hiwasse in Northwest Arkansas, provisionally single-lane. On August 21, 2015, a 3-kilometer extension opened to Rock Dell Hollow Road. Subsequently, the 10-kilometer section was constructed as super two between I-49 and Hiwasse, which opened on May 10, 2017.
Road number history
The number SR-549 was assigned to the first open section in 2004 and extended to the Louisiana border in 2005. The eastern portion of the Texarkana Beltway was still numbered SR-245, but SR-549 has been administratively extended to US 71 north of Texarkana, on the Texas border, effective January 30, 2013. Road number SR-245 was permanently removed from the Arkansas State Highway system in 2014, but was introduced on April 22, 2014 on the first phase of the Bella Vista bypass in Northwest Arkansas.
There are still 4 kilometers from the route to the Missouri border . SR-549 is to be renumbered as Interstate 49 in Arkansas in the future. The section around Texarkana is the first section of this new Interstate Highway to be completed. However, the SR-549 will first have to be widened to 2×2 lanes before it can become a freeway.
State Route 612 in Arkansas
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State Route 612 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The interstate is located in Northwest Arkansas and is planned as part of US 412. The first phase is 7 kilometers long between Elm Springs and Lowell.
The highway begins at a diamond junction with State Route 112 between Elm Springs and Cave Springs. The highway has 2×2 lanes and travels east through exurbs in the Springdale and Rogers region, which form an urban conurbation in Northwest Arkansas. The highway ends at Lowell at an interchange with Interstate 49.
The Northwest Arkansas region is growing rapidly. Benton County and Washington County together had 210,000 inhabitants in 1990, in 2017 this had grown to 498,000 inhabitants. As a result, traffic pressure in the region increased rapidly.
State Route 612 is a temporary track for the Springdale bypass, which will become part of US 412. On April 19, 2018, the “ribbon-cutting” of the first phase followed, 7 kilometers between Elm Springs and I-49. The highway was opened to traffic on April 30, 2018.
State Route 612 will need to be extended east and west to form a complete bypass of Springdale.