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Interstate 530

I-530 highlighted in red, AR 530 in blue; future section in pink
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-30
Maintained by ArDOT
Length46.65 mi[1] (75.08 km)
ExistedAugust 2, 1999[2]–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end US 63 / US 65 / US 79 / US 425 / US 65B / AR 190 in Pine Bluff
Major intersections
North end I-30 / I-440 / US 65 / US 67 / US 167 in Little Rock
CountryUnited States
CountiesJefferson, Grant, Saline, Pulaski
Highway system
AR 463 I-540

Interstate 530 (I-530) in Arkansas is a spur route of the Interstate highway system, traveling 46.65 miles (75.08 km) from Pine Bluff north-northwest to Little Rock at an interchange of I-30/I-440/U.S. Highway 65 (US 65)/US 67/US 167.[3] The highway also travels through the cities of Redfield and White Hall. In the future, I-530 will be extended to I-69 west of Monticello. A short section near the future I-69 alignment has been signed as Highway 530 (AR 530).

Route description

I-530/US 167 in Pulaski County

The route begins at a high volume intersection with I-30/I-440/US 65/US 67/US 167 in southeast Little Rock.[4] This intersection handles over 100,000 vehicles per day on average.[5] I-530 runs south with US 65 and US 167 through marshland, entering Saline County briefly to split with US 167 south (exit 10).[6] At exit 10, the junction can only accessed by southbound I-530. Northbound I-530 must take exit 9 then come back southbound to access exit 10. After returning to Pulaski County, I-530 has an exit at Hensley with Hensley Road (exit 15, which also connects to AR 365) before entering Jefferson County.[4]

I-530 continues south, passing through forested land and clear cut areas, also running parallel to AR 365. I-530 intersects AR 46 (exit 20) in Redfield before entering White Hall.[7] After an intersection with AR 256 (Holland Avenue, exit 32), the route runs south to serve as the eastern terminus for US 270 at exit 34. This exit also contains Highway 365 Spur (AR 365 Spur) eastbound to White Hall and Sheridan Street. Continuing south to Pine Bluff, I-530 serves as a beltway around the city. I-530 skirts the city to the southwest, including exits for AR 190 (West 19th Street, exit 37), US 79/U.S. Highway 79 Business (US 79B, South Camden Road, exit 39), and US 63/US 63B (South Olive Street, exit 43).

The Interstate ends at a very large junction with US 63/US 65/US 65B/US 79/US 425/AR 190, after which the roadway continues south as US 65/US 425 toward Dumas.

This Interstate Highway is unusual in that its exit number increase south rather than north. However, the standard for spurs is to increase from the beginning at the parent.[citation needed]

I-530 State Scenic Byway

I-530 is designated as one of ten Arkansas Scenic Byways for 15 miles (24 km) from AR 256 northwest of White Hall to US 65 in southern Pine Bluff.[8] The route passes over Bayou Bartholomew and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The southern portion was formerly a wetland preserve, but now the land is being developed.

Points of interest


The current route was formerly designated as US 65. Today, I-530 and US 65 run concurrently as a four-lane, limited-access spur route. The route formally gained the I-530 designation after a full Interstate-grade bypass of Pine Bluff (known locally as the Wiley Branton Highway) replaced a segment of US 65 through Pine Bluff that contains at-grade intersections. This segment (known locally as the Martha Mitchell Expressway) was redesignated US 65B; US 65 was rerouted to the bypass before gaining the I-530 codesignation.

Exit list

JeffersonPine Bluff46.6375.04
US 65 south (US 425 south) – Dumas, McGehee, Lake Village
Continuation south; temporary southern terminus of I-530

US 63 north / US 79 north / US 65B north / AR 190 – Stuttgart, Downtown Pine Bluff
South end of US 63 / US 79 overlap
AR 530 south – Star City, Monticello
Future I-530 south
Pine Bluff42.9969.1943

US 63 south / US 63B north – Warren, El Dorado
North end of US 63 overlap
41.9767.5442Hazel Street
40.8565.7441Old Warren Road

US 79 south / US 79B north – Rison, Fordyce, Camden
North end of US 79 overlap
37.5360.4037 AR 190 (West 13th Street)
36.5758.8536Princeton Pike
White Hall35.14–
US 65B south – Pine Bluff
33.6754.1934 US 270 / AR 365S – White Hall, Sheridan
31.7451.0832 AR 256 – White Hall, Pine Bluff Arsenal
29.7847.9330 AR 104
26.5342.7027 CR 4 (Gravel Pit Road)
23.6938.1324Jefferson, National Center for Toxicological Research
19.9432.0920 AR 46 – Redfield
US 167 south – Sheridan, Fordyce, El Dorado
South end of US 167 overlap; no northbound exit
Pulaski8.7714.119Bingham Road
6.5710.577145th Street / Pratt Road
2.714.363 AR 338 (Dixon Road)
Little Rock0.000.001

I-30 west / I-440 east / US 67 south – Hot Springs, Texarkana, Memphis, St. Louis, Airport
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; signed as exits 1B (I-30) and 1A (I-440); I-30 exit 138B; I-440 exit 138B

I-30 east / US 65 north / US 67 north / US 167 north – Downtown Little Rock
Northern terminus; north end of US 65 / US 167 overlap; I-30 exit 138
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Arkansas Highway 530

Highway 530

Future I-530
SIU 28 of Interstate 69
AR 530 highlighted in blue; future section in pink
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
ExistedOctober 22, 1986–present
Southern segment
South end US 278
North end AR 35
Northern segment
South end AR 11
Major intersections AR 114
AR 212
North end I-530 / US 65 / US 63 / US 79
CountryUnited States
Highway system

A planned extension of the route pushes the Interstate south to US 278 in Wilmar. The first segment of the extension from US 278 north to AR 35 opened as a two-lane expressway designated Arkansas Highway 530 (AR 530) on June 6, 2006.[9] This extension is intended to connect to the proposed southern extension of I-69; US 278 at Wilmar also provides four-lane access to the future I-530 from the larger cities of Warren and Monticello, thus allowing both to champion its completion. Though sufficient right-of-way was provided and grading done for interchanges at both ends as well as two additional lanes, this segment presently has stop signs at both ends and an intersection with Bradley County Road 96 (CR 96)/Barkada Road.

The second segment of the extension opened in September 2013. It connects the I-530 interchange in Pine Bluff with AR 11 in Lincoln County and is 18 miles (29 km) in length. Currently, the segment is two lanes until further funding is available.[10][11]

The remaining segments between AR 35 and Pine Bluff will also be built as a two-lane expressway, similar to the existing AR 35–US 278 segment and Pine Bluff intersection to AR 114 segment. Initially, the only full interchange will be with the present I-530 at Pine Bluff; grade crossings will be built at other planned interchanges, but the stretches between grade crossings will be true two-lane freeways with grade separations and service roads where needed. The route includes sufficient right-of-way to build interchanges and two additional lanes later; the Pine Bluff interchange will be a full freeway-to-freeway facility designed for the future four-lane freeway. On August 18, 2015, the next segment—AR 114 to AR 11—was open to traffic.[12] The segment from AR 11 to AR 35 is not yet built. Eventually, the route will connect Pine Bluff and Little Rock to I-69.

Major intersections

Drew I-69 – MonticelloFuture southern terminus
US 278 – Monticello, Wilmar, WarrenTemporary southern terminus

AR 35 to US 63 / US 425 – Rye
Temporary northern terminus
Gap in route
Lincoln AR 11Interchange; temporary southern terminus
AR 114 – Star City, Monticello, Palmyra

AR 212 to AR 54 – Star City
ClevelandNo major intersections
Jefferson I-530 / US 65 (US 63 / US 79) – Little Rock, Dumas, McGehee, Lake VillageI-530 exit 44
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Route Log - Auxiliary Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 2". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "The 90s". Historical review volume two: Arkansas State Highway Commission and Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, 1913-2003. Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. April 2004. p. 157.
  3. ^ 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 25, 2011.
  4. ^ a b General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Pulaski County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Average Daily Traffic (ADT) Map, Little Rock, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (2010 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  6. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Saline County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  7. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Jefferson County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2020. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Interstate 530 State Scenic Byway." Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Drive Profile. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  9. ^ New Arkansas Highway To Be Dedicated |
  10. ^ "New State Highway 530 opens". Pine Bluff Commercial.
  11. ^ "Arkansas 530 stretch is officially dedicated". Arkansas Online. 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2023-01-29.
  12. ^ "Road projects near Star City create bypass". Arkansas Online. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2023-01-29.