Arkansas Highway 255

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Highway 255
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Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Section 1
Length 7.37 mi [1] (11.86 km)
North endArkansas 549.svgArkansas 22.svgI-49 (Future).svg AR 549 / AR 22 / Future I-49
South endArkansas 22.svg AR 22 in Central City
Section 2
Length 17.21 mi [1] (27.70 km)
North endArkansas 22.svg AR 22 in Barling
South endUS 64 (AR).svgUS 71B (AR).svg US 64 / US 71B in Fort Smith
Counties Sebastian
Highway system
Arkansas 254.svg AR 254 AR 256 Arkansas 256.svg

Highway 255 (AR 255, Ark. 255, and Hwy. 255) is a designation for two north–south state highways in Sebastian County. An eastern route of 7.37 miles (11.86 km) runs north from Highway 22 through Lavaca to terminate at Highway 22 in Central City. [2] A second route of 17.21 miles (27.70 km) begins at Highway 22 in Barling and runs to US Route 64/U.S. Route 71B (US 64/US 71B). [2] [a 1]

Sebastian County, Arkansas County in the United States

Sebastian County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 125,744, making it the fourth-most populous county in Arkansas. The county has two county seats, Greenwood and Fort Smith.

Arkansas Highway 22 highway in Arkansas

Highway 22 is an east–west state highway in the Arkansas River Valley. The highway runs 75.60 miles (121.67 km) from US 64/US 71B east to Highway 7 in Dardanelle. The highway is one of the original 1926 state highways, and is maintained by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

Lavaca, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Lavaca is a city in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census the population was 2,289. The population was 1,825 at the 2000 census. Lavaca was incorporated in 1919.


Route description

Lavaca to Central City

Highway 255 begins at Highway 22 near Fort Chaffee and runs north to Lavaca. The route has a brief concurrency with Highway 96 along Main Street before turning southwest. The highway enters Central City and terminates at Highway 22 near the Barling city limits.

Concurrency (road) instance of one physical road bearing two or more different highways

A concurrency in a road network is an instance of one physical roadway bearing two or more different route numbers. When two roadways share the same right-of-way, it is sometimes called a common section or commons. Other terminology for a concurrency includes overlap, coincidence, duplex, triplex, multiplex, dual routing or triple routing.

Arkansas Highway 96 highway in Arkansas

Highway 96 is a designation for two east–west state highways in the Arkansas River Valley. One route of 38.2 miles (61.5 km) begins at Highway 10 in Greenwood and runs north and east to Highway 23 south of Ozark. A second route of 1.84 miles (2.96 km) in Ozark begins at Highway 23 and runs east to Highway 219. Both routes are maintained by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD).

Central City, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Central City is a city in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 Census, the population of Central City was 502. According to the 2005 US Census Bureau estimates, Central City had a population of 549.

Barling to Fort Smith

Highway 255 near the eastern terminus in Barling Highway 255 in Barling, AR.jpg
Highway 255 near the eastern terminus in Barling

Highway 255 begins at Highway 22 in Barling and runs west along the northern edge of Fort Chaffee. The route has a junction with Highway 253 shortly before entering Fort Smith. Continuing west along the southern edge of Fort Smith Regional Airport, Highway 255 has a junction with Highway 45 and an interchange with Interstate 540. The highway continues west to form a concurrency with US 71B. During the overlap US 71B/AR 255 serve as the northern terminus for US 271. Approaching the Oklahoma state line, US 71B turns north, ending the concurrency. Highway 255 continues west shortly before turning due north and paralleling the state line. The route passes Fort Smith National Cemetery, Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building, and Sebastian County Courthouse-Fort Smith City Hall on its way to enter downtown Fort Smith. All three properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). [4] Highway 255 crosses US 64 (Garrison Avenue) near the West Garrison Avenue Historic District before splitting into a one-way pair of streets for five blocks. Northbound traffic continues along B Street and southbound traffic runs on A Street until reuniting on Riverfront Drive. [1] Highway 255 winds along the Arkansas River and terminates at US 64/US 71B near the bridge over the river.

Fort Smith, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 88,037 in 2017, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Fort Smith Regional Airport

Fort Smith Regional Airport is a public use joint civil-military airport located three nautical miles (6 km) southeast of the central business district of Fort Smith, in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. FSM is governed by the Fort Smith Airport Commission as established by the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas. It serves the transportation needs of residents and businesses of Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. FSM is served by the regional airline affiliates of Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. It has a large population of corporate and general aviation aircraft. A full-service fixed-base operator (FBO), TAC Air, provides service to general aviation, airline and military operators.

Arkansas Highway 45 highway in Arkansas

Highway 45 is a designation for three state highways in northwest Arkansas. The southern segment of 26.97 miles (43.40 km) runs from Highway 96 north across US Route 71 (US 71) to Interstate 540/US 71 (I-540/US 71) in Fort Smith. Another segment of 10.64 miles (17.12 km) runs Highway 59 at Dutch Mills to US 62 in rural Washington County. A third route of 25.42 miles (40.91 km) runs from U.S. Route 71B (US 71B) in Fayetteville to Highway 12 near Clifty. These routes were formerly connected until a portion of approximately 50 miles (80 km) was redesignated Arkansas Highway 59 and many United States highways were rerouted through Fayetteville.

Major intersections

Mile markers reset at concurrencies. The entire route is in Sebastian County.

Locationmi [1] kmDestinationsNotes
0.000.00Arkansas 22.svg AR 22 Southern terminus
Lavaca 2.784.47Arkansas 96.svg AR 96 east (Main Street)
Arkansas 96.svg AR 96 concurrency west, 0.36 miles (0.58 km)
0.000.00Arkansas 96.svg AR 96 west
Central City 7.3711.86Arkansas 22.svg AR 22 (Central Avenue)Northern terminus
AR 255 begins in Barling
Barling Arkansas 549.svgI-49 (Future).svg AR 549 / Future I-49  Bella Vista, Fort Smith Opened to traffic and signed as AR 549
0.000.00Arkansas 22.svg AR 22 (Fort Street)Southern terminus
0.761.22Arkansas 253.svg AR 253 north (Strozier Lane)AR 253 southern terminus
Fort Smith 4.867.82Arkansas 45.svg AR 45 (Old Greenwood Road)
5.288.50I-540.svg I-540
6.189.95US 71B (AR).svg US 71B south
US 71B (AR).svg US 71B concurrency west, 0.77 miles (1.24 km)
0.000.00US 271 (AR).svgUS 71B (AR).svg US 271 south / US 71B north (Towson Avenue)
4.487.21US 64 (AR).svg US 64 (Garrison Avenue)
17.2127.70US 64 (AR).svgUS 71B (AR).svg US 64 / US 71B (Midland Boulevard)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. Distance given for northbound. The highways splits into a one-way pair in downtown Fort Smith with northbound running along B Street and southbound Highway 255 following A Street. [3] The total southbound distance is 16.83 miles (27.09 km). [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 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.
  2. 1 2 General Highway Map, Sebastian County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. May 10, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  3. Map of Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas (TIFF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  4. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.

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