Arkansas State Highways: Explore the Scenic Routes
Arkansas has a total of 16,000 miles of state highways, which are maintained by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). The state does not use a numbering convention, but generally the two-digit odd numbered highways run north–south with a few exceptions; and even-numbered two-digit state highways run east–west with a few exceptions.
Some of the most important state highways in Arkansas include:
- Interstate 30: This major interstate highway runs east–west across the state, connecting Little Rock and Texarkana.
- Interstate 40: This major interstate highway runs north–south across the state, connecting Memphis, Little Rock, and Fort Smith.
- U.S. Route 65: This major U.S. highway runs north–south across the eastern portion of the state, connecting Lake Village, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Conway, and Harrison.
- U.S. Route 71: This major U.S. highway runs north-south across the western portion of the state, connecting Texarkana, Fort Smith, and Fayetteville
In recent years, Arkansas has made significant progress in improving its highway system. The state has received high marks for its efforts to improve safety and reduce congestion. However, there is still more work to be done.
Here are some additional facts about Arkansas state highways:
- The first state highway in Arkansas was built in 1914 (Dollarway Road).
- The longest state highway in Arkansas is Arkansas Highway 7, which is 296 miles long.
- The shortest state highway in Arkansas is Arkansas Highway 369, which is 0.196 miles long.
- The most traveled state highway in Arkansas is Interstate 30, which carries an average of 100,000 vehicles per day.
- The least traveled state highway in Arkansas is Arkansas Highway 113, which carries an average of 1,000 vehicles per day.