Arkansas Highway 161

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Highway 161

Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Section 1
Length5.9 mi (9.5 km)
South endJacksonville Highway in Jacksonville
Major intersections Future I-57 / US 67 / US 167 in Jacksonville
North endVandenberg Boulevard, Little Rock Air Force Base
Section 2
Length19.80 mi (31.87 km)
South end US 165 / AR 15 / AR 256 in England
North end US 165 in Scott
CountryUnited States
CountiesPulaski, Lonoke
Highway system
AR 160 AR 162
Arkansas State Highway 161 runs through Scott.

Highway 161 (AR 161, Ark. 161, and Hwy. 161) is a designation for two state highways in Central Arkansas. Both routes are maintained by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT).

Route descriptions

One route of runs north the Jacksonville city limits near AR 440 to Vandenberg Boulevard near the Little Rock Air Force Base.[1] A second route of 19.80 miles (31.87 km) begins at U.S. Route 165/Highway 15/Highway 256 in England and runs north to terminate at Highway 165.


The 1959 Arkansas General Assembly passed and Governor Orval Faubus signed, Act 298, entitled "An Act to Remove a Part of State Highway 161 from the State Highway System" into law; removing a portion of Highway 161 between Faulkner Lake Rd and Highway 130 (present-day U.S. Route 165) from the state highway system. The rationale behind this legislation is not recorded in the minutes of the Arkansas State Highway Commission (ASHC) meeting, but the ASHC concurred with the General Assembly and removed the highway segment from the system on May 13, 1959.[2]

The section between Prothro Junction and Jacksonville was formerly designated as US 67E. The route became Highway 161 on August 31, 1960 upon completion of the new US 67 alignment between Little Rock and Jacksonville.[3] The ASHC closed a gap of 7.99 miles (12.86 km) along the Lonoke County segment of Highway 161 on December 13, 1972.[4] A segment between Cabot and El Paso was redesignated as Highway 5 on June 24, 1970.[5]

The Arkansas State Highway Commission marked the segment between US 70 and the Jacksonville city limits for removal from the state highway system on December 9, 2021 following construction of a pavement improvement project along the route. The deletion was part of a deal with the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County to cover the relocation costs for Rock Region Metro as part of the "30 Crossing" project on I-30.[6]

Arkansas Highway 161 in Jacksonville

Major intersections

PulaskiJacksonville0.0000.000Begin state maintenance on Jacksonville Highway at the municipal limitsSouthern terminus
AR 440 to I-440 – Jacksonville, Texarkana
I-440 exit 12.
AR 294 east – Furlow
AR 294 western terminus
5.89.3 Future I-57 / US 67 / US 167 – Little Rock, Jacksonville, Searcy
Little Rock Air Force Base5.99.5Vandenberg BoulevardNorthern terminus
Gap in route
LonokeEngland0.000.00 US 165 / AR 15 / AR 256Southern terminus
Scott19.7131.72 US 165 – Little Rock, KeoNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also


  1. ^ General Highway Map, Pulaski County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Transportation Planning & Policy Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  2. ^ "Minute Order 3244" (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting. Arkansas State Highway Commission. 1960-08-31. p. 1472. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  3. ^ "Minute Order 3837" (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting. Arkansas State Highway Commission. 1960-08-31. p. 1380. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  4. ^ "Minute Order 3837" (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting. Arkansas State Highway Commission. 1972-12-13. pp. 1416–1417. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  5. ^ "Minute Order 70-196" (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting. Arkansas State Highway Commission. 1970-06-24. p. 1636. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
  6. ^ Tudor, Lorie H. (January 19, 2021). "Minute Order 2020-111" (PDF). Administrative Circular 2021-02. Little Rock: Arkansas Department of Transportation. pp. 9–10. Retrieved January 7, 2023.
  7. ^ Arkansas Centerline File (GIS Map) (Map) (Updated ed.). Arkansas Department of Transformation and Shared Services. May 13, 2022 [September 29, 2014]. Retrieved January 7, 2023 – via GIS Office.

External links

Media related to Arkansas Highway 161 at Wikimedia Commons