Arkansas Highway 98

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Highway 98

AR 98; mainline in red, business route in blue
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length47.040 mi[1] (75.704 km)
Major junctions
West end US 82
Major intersections US 371 in Waldo
US 79 in McNeil
US 82
US 79 in Emerson
East end AR 19 at Walkerville
CountryUnited States
Highway system
AR 97 AR 99

Arkansas Highway 98 (AR 98) is an east–west state highway in Columbia County, Arkansas. The 47.15-mile-long (75.88 km) route travels essentially in an incomplete loop with Magnolia at its center. The route begins at U.S. Route 82 (US 82) near Waldo and intersects US 371, US 79 (twice), and US 82 before terminating at AR 19. The highway has a single business route in the small town of McNeil.[4] The route was created in 1941, and extended four times in the 1960s and 1970s. The highway is maintained by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT).

Route description

AR 98 begins at US 82 west of Waldo. The route has a concurrency of 1.12 miles (1.80 km) with US 371 (Olive Street) in Waldo.[1] Continuing east past the National Register of Historic Places-listed Waldo Water Tower, AR 98 intersects AR 98B (its only business route) in McNeil.[4] The highway forms a concurrency with US 79 briefly north before turning east then south.

AR 98 continues south through the community of Village before intersecting US 82 in east Columbia County. The route passes near the W. H. Allen House in rural Columbia County and the William H. Smith House in Atlanta. Now turning west the route passes through Emerson where it intersects US 79 and becomes Main Street. The highway continues west to Walkerville, where it ends at AR 19.[4]

The ArDOT maintains Highway 98 like all other parts of the state highway system. As a part of these responsibilities, the department tracks the volume of traffic using its roads in surveys using a metric called average annual daily traffic (AADT). ArDOT estimates the traffic level for a segment of roadway for any average day of the year in these surveys. As of 2022, estimates were below 400 vehicles per day (VPD) along the entire route, with the exception of the segment between Waldo and McNeil (estimated between 1,500 and 870 VPD), and west of Emerson (520 VPD). For reference, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), classifies roads with fewer than 400 vehicles per day as a very low volume local road.[5]

No segment of Highway 98 is part of the National Highway System (NHS),[6] a network of roads important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[7]


AR 98 first appeared on the 1941 state highway map between Waldo and McNeil, replacing a segment of AR 3, which had been decommissioned.[2][3] The designation was extended by the Arkansas State Highway Commission during a period of state highway system expansion; first extended east from US 79 to Village Junction on April 24, 1963,[8] and to US 79 in Emerson on June 23, 1965.[9] The highway was extended along former US 79 in McNeil following rerouting of US 79 on July 24, 1968,[10] and along former US 82 in Waldo on May 27, 1970.[11]

The route was extended by the Highway Commission on June 29, 1978 at the request of the Columbia County judge. The extension was part of a route swap that also extended AR 355 by decommissioning AR 344 and AR 360 within the county.[12]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Columbia County.

Lumber0.0000.000 US 82 – Texarkana, MagnoliaWestern terminus
US 371 north (Olive Street) – Rosston
Western end of US 371 concurrency
US 371 south (McKissack Street) – Magnolia
Eastern end of US 371 concurrency
AR 98B north (Mulberry Street)
US 79 south (South Avenue) – Magnolia
Western end of US 79 concurrency
US 79 north – Camden
Eastern end of US 79 concurrency
Village Junction21.2234.15 US 82 – El Dorado, Magnolia
CR 85 south
Former AR 344
Emerson40.4365.07 US 79 (Elm Street) – Haynesville LA, Magnolia
Walkerville47.1575.88 AR 19 – Walkerville, MagnoliaEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

McNeil business route

Highway 98B

Length0.895 mi[1] (1,440 m)
ExistedMay 27, 1970[13]–present

Highway 98 Business (AR 98B) is a business route in McNeil. It is 0.895 miles (1.440 km) in length.[1] Prior to designation as AR 98B in 1970, the route was designated as US 79 City.

Route description

AR 98B begins at a junction with AR 98 (Broadway) and Columbia Road (former US 79) in the small town of McNeil. The highway runs north as Mulberry Street, paralleling the Louisiana and North West Railroad tracks before crossing the tracks and entering downtown McNeil. AR 98B crosses the Union Pacific Railway tracks and turns east onto Front Street. Continuing east along the railroad tracks, the highway exits the town and junctions with US 79/AR 98 just north of the McNeil Overpass, where it terminates.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Columbia County.

McNeil0.0000.000 AR 98 (Broadway) / Columbia RoadWestern terminus, roadway continues south as Columbia Road (former US 79)
US 79 (S Avenue) to AR 98
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e Transportation Planning and Policy Division (September 17, 2021). Route and Section Map, Columbia County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Little Rock: Arkansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway Commission (1940). Map of the State Highway System of Arkansas (TIF) (Map). Scale not given. Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway Commission. Retrieved November 20, 2023 – via Arkansas GIS Office.
  3. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway Commission (1941). Map of the State Highway System of Arkansas (TIF) (Map). Scale not given. Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway Commission. Retrieved November 20, 2023 – via Arkansas GIS Office.
  4. ^ a b c General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Columbia County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  5. ^ System Information & Research Division (2017). Annual Average Daily Traffic Estimates (GIS Map) (Map). Various. Arkansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2023.
  6. ^ a b Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  7. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 29, 2017). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Minutes" (1953–1969), pp. 913–914.
  9. ^ "Minutes" (1953–1969), pp. 671–672.
  10. ^ "Minutes" (1953–1969), p. 202.
  11. ^ "Minutes" (1970–1979), p. 1619.
  12. ^ "Minutes" (1970–1979), p. 313.
  13. ^ "Minutes" (1970–1979), p. 1619.

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