Arkansas Highway 59

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Highway 59 marker

Highway 59
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length93.24 mi[1] (150.06 km)
Existed1935–present
Major junctions
South end AR 22, Barling
  I-540 / US 71, Van Buren
US 64, Van Buren
I-40, Van Buren
US 62, Summers
US 412, Siloam Springs
North end Route 59, Missouri state line
Location
CountiesBenton, Crawford, Washington
Highway system
AR 58AR 60

Arkansas Highway 59 is a north–south state highway in Northwest Arkansas. The route runs 93.24 miles (150.06 km) from Arkansas Highway 22 in Barling north to the Missouri state line through Van Buren, the county seat of Crawford County.[2] Highway 59 parallels US 59 (in Oklahoma) between Siloam Springs and Fort Smith. Since US 59 goes through Arkansas, AR 59 is the only Arkansas state highway to share its numbering with a federal highway that goes through Arkansas.

Route description[edit]

Highway 45 in western Washington County

The route begins in Barling at AR 22;[3] the route runs north to enter Van Buren, crossing I-540 and briefly concurring with US 64. The concurrency begins near the Joseph Starr Dunham House and before crossing Interstate 40;[2] the route exits town northbound, intersecting rural highways AR 162 and AR 220 in Cedarville and crossing Lee Creek on the historic Lee Creek Bridge. At this time, AR 59 is running through the Boston Mountains subdivision of The Ozarks. North of Cedarville, AR 59 curves west toward Oklahoma, coming within 0.1 miles (0.16 km) of the border.[2]

Entering Washington County, the route meets Arkansas Highway 156 in Evansville and AR 244 in Tofu;[4] the route continues north to Dutch Mills and Summers before entering Siloam Springs.

Upon entering Benton County, AR 59 concurs with US 412 east around the southeast edge of Siloam Springs; the concurrency ends and AR 59 continues north to Gentry. AR 59 passes near Kansas City-Southern Railway cars and Kansas City-Southern Depot in Decatur; the route continues north to AR 72 and the Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose No. 383 in Gravette. The highway runs further north to Wee Pine Knot, the Adar House, and Butler Creek Cemetery in Sulphur Springs. AR 59 meets Missouri Route 59 at the Missouri state line and terminates.[5]

History[edit]

When Arkansas established its first numbered state highway system in 1926, Arkansas Highway 59 was designated for a route that led from the Louisiana state line to Eudora.[6] The South Arkansas route later became AR 159, and the 59 number moved to northwest Arkansas. In 1936, AR 59 traveled from Van Buren north to Siloam Springs. From AR 72 at Gravette, north to the Missouri state line, AR 59 is the original alignment of US 71; the roadway continues north into Missouri as Missouri Route 59.

The route was widened by the AHTD in 2007 around Siloam Springs.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

Highway 59 in Evansville
CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
SebastianBarling0.00.0 AR 22 – Charleston, Fort Smith
CrawfordVan BurenGun Club Road to I-49Future proposed connection
I-540 (US 71) to I-40 – Fort Smith, Little RockI-540 exit 3
8.714.0 US 64 west / US 71B south – Fort SmithSouth end of US 64 / US 71B overlap
9.114.6 US 64 east / US 71B north (Broadway) – AlmaNorth end of US 64 / US 71B overlap
11.218.0 I-40 to I-540 – Sallisaw, OK, Little Rock, trucks for Van BurenI-40 exit 5
Figure Five15.024.1 AR 348 east – Rudy
17.428.0 AR 220 west (Uniontown Highway) – UniontownSouth end of AR 220 overlap
Cedarville19.431.2 AR 162 east
21.434.4 AR 220 east – Lee CreekNorth end of AR 220 overlap
Washington40.965.8 AR 156 west – Stilwell, OK
41.266.3 AR 244 west – Stilwell, OK
44.571.6 AR 45 north – Canehill
50.681.4 US 62 east – Prairie Grove, Fayetteville, Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkSouth end of US 62 overlap
Summers52.284.0 US 62 west – Muskogee, OKNorth end of US 62 overlap
61.498.8 AR 244 east
BentonSiloam Springs67.4108.5 US 412 west / AR 264 west – Siloam Springs, Tulsa, OKInterchange; south end of US 412 overlap
67.8109.1 AR 16S
68.6110.4 AR 16 east
69.6112.0 US 412 east – SpringdaleNorth end of US 412 overlap
70.1112.8 AR 980 – Siloam Springs Municipal Airport
70.6113.6 AR 43 north (East Cheri Whitlock Drive)
Gentry75.5121.5 AR 59B north (Collins Avenue) – Business District
75.7121.8 AR 12 (East Third Street) to AR 43 – Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
76.0122.3 AR 59B south (East Main Street) – Business District
76.6123.3 AR 59S south (North Railroad Avenue)
Decatur81.5131.2 AR 102 east (East Roller Avenue) – CentertonSouth end of AR 102 overlap
81.6131.3 AR 102 west (North Main Street) – MaysvilleNorth end of AR 102 overlap
Gravette88.2141.9 AR 72 east (Atlanta Street East) – HiwasseSouth end of AR 72 overlap
88.3142.1 AR 72 west – MaysvilleNorth end of AR 72 overlap
95.0152.9 Route 59 north – JoplinMissouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

AR 59 has two special routes, both in Gentry.

Gentry business route[edit]

AR 59B southern terminus at AR 59 in Gentry

Highway 59B
LocationGentry
Length0.94 mi[1] (1.51 km)

Arkansas Highway 59 Business is a 0.94-mile (1.51 km) business route in Gentry.

Gentry spur[edit]

AR 59S eastern terminus at AR 59 in Gentry

Highway 59S
LocationGentry
Length0.71 mi[1] (1.14 km)

Arkansas Highway 59 Spur is a 0.71-mile (1.14 km) spur route in Gentry.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c General Highway Map - Crawford County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (4/27/07 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  3. ^ General Highway Map - Sebastian County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (10/3/2008 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  4. ^ General Highway Map - Washington County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (10/3/2008 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  5. ^ General Highway Map - Benton County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (8/24/2010 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  6. ^ Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways (Map) (1926 ed.). Arkansas State Highway Department. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "Annual Report - 2007". ATHD. Publication. Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on March 2, 2009.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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