Interstate 555

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Interstate 555
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length49.8 mi [1] (80.1 km)
ExistedMarch 11, 2016 (2016-03-11) [2] [3] –present
Major junctions
South endI-55.svgUS 61 (AR).svgUS 63 (AR).svgArkansas 77.svg I-55 / US 61 / US 63 / AR 77 in Turrell
 US 49 (AR).svg US 49 in Jonesboro
North endUS 63 (AR).svgArkansas 18.svgArkansas 91.svg US 63 / AR 18 / AR 91 in Jonesboro
Location
Counties Crittenden, Poinsett, Craighead
Highway system
Arkansas 549.svg AR 549 AR 612 Arkansas 612.svg

Interstate 555 (I-555) is an Interstate Highway that connects Turrell, Arkansas, at I-55 to Jonesboro at Arkansas Highway 91 (Hwy. 91). I-555 travels along what is currently U.S. Route 63 (US 63) for its entire route. That highway was upgraded in the 2000s to Interstate Highway standards. While I-555 is the second Interstate with all three digits the same, to exist, it is the first to be signed as an Interstate (I-444 in Oklahoma which was the first highway is unsigned).

Turrell, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Turrell is a city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 615 at the 2010 census, down from 957 in 2000.

Interstate 55 (I-55) is a north–south Interstate Highway that has a 72.22-mile (116.23 km) section in the U.S. state of Arkansas connecting sections in Tennessee and Missouri. The route enters Arkansas on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River from Memphis. It travels northward through northeast Arkansas connecting the cities of West Memphis and Blytheville. I-55 continues into Missouri heading to St. Louis, Missouri. The highway overlaps Interstate 40 in West Memphis and has a junction with Interstate 555, a spur route to Jonesboro, in Turrell. For the majority of its routing through Arkansas, I-55 generally follows U.S. Route 61.

Jonesboro, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Jonesboro is a city located on Crowley's Ridge in the northeastern corner of the U.S. State of Arkansas. Jonesboro is one of two county seats of Craighead County and the home of Arkansas State University. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 71,551 and is the fifth-largest city in Arkansas.

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Route description

The road provides a limited-access highway corridor between Memphis, Tennessee, and Arkansas's fifth largest city, Jonesboro.

Memphis, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Memphis is a city located along the Mississippi River in southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The 2017 city population was 652,236, making Memphis the largest city on the Mississippi River, second-largest city in Tennessee, as well as the 25th largest city in the United States. Greater Memphis is the 42nd largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a population of 1,348,260 in 2017. The city is the anchor of West Tennessee and the greater Mid-South region, which includes portions of neighboring Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is the seat of Shelby County, the most populous county in Tennessee. As one of the most historic and cultural cities of the southern United States, the city features a wide variety of landscapes and distinct neighborhoods.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

History

The I-555 route was approved on January 10, 2001, consisting of upgrading the section of US 63 between Turrell to Jonesboro to interstate standards.

According to the 2007 Arkansas state highway map, only a segment from Tyronza to Gilmore was not yet up to freeway standards. However, as of August 5, 2007 the Hwy. 135 interchange on that section, the last one remaining, is open, thus making the route a true freeway.

Tyronza, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Tyronza is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 762 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area and is in the Arkansas Delta.

Gilmore, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Gilmore is a city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 263 at the 2010 census.

Arkansas Highway 135 highway in Arkansas

Highway 135 is a north–south state highway in northeast Arkansas. The route of 69.67 miles (112.12 km) runs from US Route 63 (US 63) near Tyronza north through Paragould to US 62.

I-555 exit 44 signage Interstate 555 exit 44.jpg
I-555 exit 44 signage

A few mainline bridges between Marked Tree and Turrell are from the original two-lane US 63 and are narrower than current Interstate Highway standards, but I-530 was approved in 1999 despite having a similar issue.

Marked Tree, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Marked Tree is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas United States, along the St. Francis River, at the mouth of the Little River. The population was 2,800 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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/US 65/US 67/US 167. The highway also travels through the cities of Redfield and White Hall.

The last requirement to formally designate this route as I-555 was the construction of a parallel access road across a floodway between Payneway and Marked Tree, so that farm equipment would no longer have to use US 63 to cross the floodway. To date, no crossing has ever been built, but an exemption of agricultural vehicles was added to I-555 between Marked Tree and Payneway The exemption was introduced by U.S. Representative Rick Crawford and passed as part of the House Transportation Bill on December 4, 2015.

Payneway, Arkansas Unincorporated community in Arkansas, United States

Payneway is an unincorporated community in Little River Township, Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States. It is located west of Marked Tree near the intersection of Arkansas Highway 463 and Arkansas Highway 14.

It was announced in December 2015, that I-555 would be officially designated in Spring of 2016. [4] The road was officially dedicated on March 11, 2016 in Jonesboro.

Exit list

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Crittenden Turrell 0.00.01I-55.svgUS 61 (AR).svgUS 63 (AR).svgArkansas 77.svg I-55 / US 61 south / US 63 south / AR 77 south Turrell, Blytheville, Memphis TN I-55 exits 23A-B; signed as exits 1A (I-55/US 61/US 63 south) and 1B (I-55 north); US 61 north and AR 77 south continue past interchange; southern end of US 63/AR 77 overlaps.
Gilmore 1.93.12Arkansas 77.svg AR 77 north Gilmore Northern end of AR 77 overlap
Poinsett 7.111.47Arkansas 135.svg AR 135  Lepanto
Tyronza 8.714.08Arkansas 118.svg AR 118  Tyronza
Marked Tree 13.221.213US 63B (AR).svgArkansas 149.svg US 63B north / AR 149  Marked Tree, Earle
14.222.914US 63B (AR).svgArkansas 75.svg US 63B south (AR 14 east) / AR 75  Marked Tree, Lepanto, Parkin South end of AR 14 overlap
18.229.318Arkansas 14.svg AR 14 west Payneway, Harrisburg North end of AR 14 overlap
24.038.624Arkansas 463.svg AR 463  Trumann
Trumann 28.746.229Arkansas 69.svg AR 69  Trumann
Craighead Bay 34.655.735Arkansas 463.svg AR 463  Bay
Jonesboro 36.258.336Nestlé Road
39.162.939Arkansas 18S.svg AR 18S (Commerce Drive)
40.364.940US 63B (AR).svgArkansas 463.svg US 63B north / AR 463 south (Nettleton Avenue)
41.767.142US 49 (AR).svgArkansas 1.svg US 49 north / AR 1 (Stadium Boulevard/Red Wolf Boulevard) / Caraway Road Paragould South end of US 49 overlap
43.469.844Arkansas 1B.svg AR 1B (Harrisburg Road)
44.872.145US 49 (AR).svgArkansas 18.svg US 49 south / AR 18 east (Southwest Drive)North end of US 49 overlap; south end of AR 18 overlap
45.873.746Arkansas 226.svg AR 226 west (Wood Springs Road) / Strawfloor Road
47.175.847Washington Avenue
49.479.549Arkansas 91.svgUS 63 (AR).svg AR 91 (Dan Avenue / AR 18 west) / US 63 northNorth end of freeway; north end of AR 18 overlap; northern terminus of I-555
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References

  1. Google (June 19, 2015). "Interstate 555" (Map). Google Maps . Google. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  2. "I-555 to be dedicated (2016-05-11) Friday in Jonesboro". KASU. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  3. "40-years-in-the-making-i-555-in-arkansas-becoming-reality". KATV. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  4. Arkansas News Bureau. "Highway Commission Approves I-555 Designation For Section Of U.S. 63". Times Record.
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