Arkansas Highway 226

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Highway 226

AR 226; mainline in red, spur and business routes in blue
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Existed1958–present
Section 1
Length2.38 mi[1] (3.83 km)
West end CR 278
East end AR 37
Section 2
Length26.447 mi (42.562 km)
West end AR 367 near Cash
Major intersections
East end I-555 / US 63 / AR 18 in Jonesboro
Location
CountryUnited States
StateArkansas
Highway system
AR 225 AR 227

Arkansas Highway 226 is a designation for two state highways in northeast Arkansas. The main segment of 26.447 miles (42.562 km) runs east from an intersection of U.S. Route 67/Arkansas Highway 367 to I-555/US 63/AR 18 in Jonesboro.[2][3] A short route of 2.38 miles (3.83 km) runs in rural Jackson County west of Tuckerman.[4]

Route description

Western Jackson County

AR 226 runs east from Jackson CR 278 to cross AR 17 to AR 37, where it terminates.

Swifton to Jonesboro

Highway 226 west of Jonesboro

The route then runs due east near Swifton through AR 18 in Cash, also meeting AR 349 near Jonesboro. The highway curves south, meeting US 49/US 63 at an intersection, then follows US 49/US 63 east for 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers), before turning north, passing AR 226S at Cash Highway. This spur route is an old alignment of AR 226, and serves as a short connector to AR 349. North of the intersection AR 226S, AR 226 winds northeasterly into Jonesboro, meeting I-555/US 63/AR 18 and terminating. The route is two-lane undivided for most of its length, passing through flat, square farmland.[5]

In 2012, construction was completed that widened four miles of the highway to a four-lane divided facility from the highway's intersection with U.S. 67 (Future I-57) to just west of Cash.[6] This was the first section of a larger plan that will ultimately widen Highway 226 to four lanes divided from U.S. 67 to U.S. 49 near Gibson.[7] Once completed, this widening project will give motorists a four-lane, divided route the entire length from Little Rock to Jonesboro.

History

The route became a state highway in 1958, traveling from an area south of Swifton east to Gibson. AR 226 was later extended to Jonesboro, including a concurrency with AR 39 (now US 49). When US 49 replaced AR 39 around 1980, AR 226 was split into its current alignment and AR 226S. The short Jackson County segment was added to the system in 1996.[1]

Had I-30 been extended, there were plans to upgrade AR 226 to Interstate standards and designate it as "Interstate 730".[8][9]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[5][10][2]kmDestinationsNotes
Jackson00.0 CR 278Western terminus.
1.01.6 AR 17
2.43.9 AR 37 – Tuckerman, CordEastern terminus
AR 226 short segment ends, AR 226 main segment begins at Arkansas Highway 367
0.0000.000 AR 367 – Tuckerman, Walnut RidgeWestern terminus
1.4232.290 AR 224
Craighead6.911–
7.241
11.122–
11.653
Future I-57 / US 67 / US 78 begins – Newport, Little Rock, Walnut RidgeWest end of US 78 overlap; US 78 western terminus.
Cash11.89819.148
AR 18 to AR 91 – Grubbs
18.06029.065

AR 349 north to AR 91
AR 349 southern terminus
Jonesboro19.42231.257

US 49 south / US 63 south – Waldenburg, Brinkley
West end of US 49/US 63 overlap.
20.76333.415

US 49 north / US 63 north / US 78 east to I-555 / AR 18 – Jonesboro, Arkansas State University
East end of US 49/US 63/US 78 overlap.
21.74134.989

AR 226S west (Cash Highway) to AR 349
AR 226S eastern terminus.
26.44742.562 I-555 / US 63 / AR 18 (Joe N Martin Expy) – Trumann, HoxieI-555 exit 46; eastern terminus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

Cash business route

Highway 226B

LocationCash
Length0.838 mi (1,349 m)
Existed2015–present

Arkansas Highway 226 Business is a business route in Cash. The route is 0.838 miles (1.349 kilometers) long, with both its western and eastern termini being dead ends. AR 226B intersects only one other highway, which is AR 18. Despite being a business route of AR 226, AR 226B never intersects or connects directly with its parent route. Both AR 18 and County Road 241 serve as connections to AR 226 proper. This business route was originally a section of AR 226. Following the completion of a four-lane divided highway bypass around Cash, the old section of AR 226 was cut off from the main route and redesignated as AR 226B on August 6, 2015.

Main intersections

The entire route is in Cash, Craighead County.

mi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000Dead endWestern terminus
0.1780.286

AR 18 to AR 91 / AR 226
Access to AR 226 via AR 18
0.8381.349Dead endEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Current Jonesboro spur

Highway 226S

LocationJonesboro
Length1.458 mi (2.346 km)
Existed2015–present

Arkansas Highway 226 Spur is a spur route in Jonesboro. The spur route is 1.458 miles (2.346 kilometers) long, and connects AR 349 to AR 226.[2] The route was created on August 6, 2015, after AR 226 was rerouted further south towards Gibson, to directly connect with US 49. The old section of AR 226 between the new alignment and the original AR 226S was redesignated as an extension of AR 349 and a new AR 226S, with the original spur route becoming part of AR 226 proper.[11]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Jonesboro, Craighead County.

mi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
0.0000.000
AR 349 to AR 91 – Cash, Newport
Western terminus
1.4582.346

AR 226 to US 49 / US 63
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former Jonesboro spur

Highway 226S

LocationJonesboro
Length1.03 mi (1.66 km)
Existed1980–2015

Arkansas Highway 226 Spur was a spur route in Jonesboro. Known locally as Wood Springs Road, the route was 1.03 miles (1.66 kilometers) in length.[12] The spur route was decommissioned on August 6, 2015, becoming part of its re-routed parent route, AR 226.[11]

Major intersections

The entire route was in Jonesboro, Craighead County.

mi[3]kmDestinationsNotes
00.0 AR 226Northern terminus
1.01.6 US 49 (Southwest Dr)Southern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Arkansas GIS Office. "ARNOLD Data Lookup" (GIS Data Map). Arkansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map - Craighead County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (11/12/2009 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ General Highway Map - Jackson County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (10/21/2010 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Google (December 22, 2023). "Overview map of AR 226 Main Segment" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  6. ^ See AHTD Information release at http://www.arkansashighways.com/news/2010/AHC027_CRAIGHEAD.pdf, accessed 5-30-2013
  7. ^ See AHTD Information Release at http://www.arkansashighways.com/news/2010/104.pdf, accessed 5-30-2013.
  8. ^ "A Faster Trip From Region 8". Jonesboro, AR: KAIT-TV. March 12, 2003. Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Headed to Nation's Capitol". Jonesboro, AR: KAIT-TV. February 20, 2004. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Google (December 22, 2023). "Overview map of AR 226 Short Segment" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Administrative Circular No. 2015-10" (PDF). Arkansas Department of Transportation. August 6, 2015. p. 6. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  12. ^ Map of Jonesboro, Craighead County (Map) (October 30, 2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 10, 2011.

External links

Media related to Arkansas Highway 226 at Wikimedia Commons