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INTERSTATE 540

The original Interstate 540 in Arkansas travels through the south and east sides of Fort Smith. It connects Fort Smith to Interstate 40. In 1999, Interstate 540 was extended northward to connect with Fayetteville and Bentonville. The route north of Interstate 40 is slated to become part of Interstate 49 in the future after connections to the current Interstate 49 in Louisiana are made.

Currently, Interstate 540 is 81 miles long, which does not include its 5-mile duplex with Interstate 40. It ends at the U.S. 62/AR 102 interchange (Exit 86) in Rogers. The freeway continues as solely U.S. 71. Between Interstate 40 and Fayetteville, U.S. 71 runs parallel to the interstate, and from Fayetteville to Rogers, Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 are duplexed. Per Arkansas tradition, only the main route (Interstate 540) is signed; U.S. 71 is not signed during this duplexed stretch.

A new interchange is being built in Alma on Interstate 540 a mile north of Interstate 40. This will eventually be Exit 21. Exit numbers on Interstate 540 south of Interstate 40 are a bit interesting. The numbers go from north to south. For example, Exit 14 is the southernmost interchange, yet Exit 15 is placed at Interstate 40, the northernmost interchange on that stretch.

PICTURES
All photos were taken 5/21/04

Interstate 540 North assurance shield
just northeast of Exit 14.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 14 - U.S. 271
North/AR 253 South.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 13 - Jenny
Lind Rd.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 12 - U.S. 71
South - Texarkana.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 11 - AR
255 - Zero St.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 10 - AR
45 - Greenwood Rd./Phoenix W.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 9 - Phoenix
E./Airport.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 8 - AR
22 - Rogers Ave.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 6 - Grand
Ave.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 5 - Kelley
Hwy.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 3 - AR
59 North - Van Buren.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 2B - U.S.
64 East. Interstate 40 is 1/2 mile
ahead.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 2A - U.S.
64 West - Van Buren.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 15 -
Interstate 40 West - Oklahoma City.
Interstate 40 East/Interstate 540
North approaching Exit 12 - Interstate
540 North - 1 mile.
Interstate 40 East/Interstate 540
North at Exit 12 - Interstate 540
North - Fayetteville.
Interstate 540 North at the future
Exit 21 in Alma.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 24 - AR
282 - Rudy.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 29 - AR
282 - Mountainburg.
Interstate 540 North at mile marker 32.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 34 -  AR
282 - Chester.
Interstate 540 North at mile marker 37.
Interstate 540 North approaching the
Bobby Hopper Tunnel. The tunnel is
the only one in the state.
Interstate 540 North at the Bobby
Hopper Tunnel.
Interstate 540 North after leaving the
tunnel.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 45 - AR 74 -
Winslow.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 53 - AR
170 - West Fork.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 58 -
Greenland.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 60 - AR
112/AR 265 - Razorback Rd./Cato
Springs Rd.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 62 - U.S.
62 West/AR 180 East - Farmington/
University of Arkansas. U.S. 62 will
silently duplex with Interstate 540 for
the next 24 miles.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 64 - AR 16
West/AR 112S East - Wedington Dr.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 65 - Porter
Rd.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 66 - AR 112.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 67 - U.S.
71B - Fayetteville/Business District.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 69 -
Johnson.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 72 - U.S.
412 - Springdale/Tontitown/Siloam
Springs.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 73 - Elm
Springs Road.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 76 - Wagon
Wheel Road.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 78 - AR
264 - Lowell/Cave Springs/Rogers.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 81 -
Pleasant Grove Road.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 83 - AR
94 East - Pinnacle Hills Parkway.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 85 - U.S.
71B/AR 12 - Rogers/Bentonville.
Interstate 540 South at Exit 85 - U.S.
71B/AR 12 - Rogers/Bentonville.
Interstate 540 North at Exit 86 - U.S.
62/AR 102 - Bentonville/Rogers. This
marks the northern terminus of
Interstate 540. The freeway continues
as solely U.S. 71.
Interstate 540 South at Exit 86 - U.S.
62/AR 102 - Bentonville/Rogers.
Interstate 540 South assurance shield
just south of Exit 86.
U.S. 71 North at Exit 88 - AR 72 -
Bentonville/Pea Ridge.