Interstate 55 in Arkansas

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).

Interstate 55
I-55 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ARDOT ( previously/formerly known as ARHTD, Arkansas Highway Transportation Department)
Length72.22 mi[1] (116.23 km)
Existed1957–present
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
CountiesCrittenden, Mississippi
Highway system
AR 54AR 56

Route description

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.

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
Mississippi River0.000.00 I-55 / US 61 south / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 east Memphis, Jackson MSContinuation into Tennessee
0.721.16Memphis & Arkansas Bridge; Tennessee–Arkansas state line
CrittendenWest 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; Signed as exit 279B southbound
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
13.54921.80514 CR 4 Jericho
16.82927.08417 AR 50 Clarkedale
21.21934.14921 AR 42 Turrell
Turrell23.18937.31923 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.
Mississippi33.24953.50934 AR 118 Tyronza, Joiner
35.27956.77636 AR 181 Bassett, Wilson
41.09966.14241 AR 14 Lepanto, Marie
43.61970.19844 AR 181 Keiser, Wilson
48.03977.31148 AR 140 Osceola, Etowah
52.61984.68253 AR 158 Victoria, Luxora
57.17992.02157 AR 148 Burdette, Wilson Junction
Blytheville63.049101.46863 US 61 to AR 312 west Blytheville, Dell
67.079107.95367 AR 18 / AR 151 Blytheville, Armorel
71.059114.35871 AR 150 Arkansas International Airport
71.969115.82372State 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. 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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