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Interstate 40 Arkansas
Eastbound - Hazen to Tennessee State Line

Highway Information

Miles 284.69
Counties Traveled
Through
Crawford, Franklin,
Johnson, Pope,
Conway, Faulkner,
Pulaski, Lonoke,
Prairie, Monroe,
St. Francis, Crittenden
Cities Ft. Smith, Russellville,
Morriton, Conway,
Little Rock, Forrest City,
Memphis
Major Junctions Interstate 540
(Exit 7 & Exit 12)

Interstate 430
(Exit 147)

Interstate 30
(Exit 153B)

U.S. 67
(Exit 155)

Interstate 440
(Exit 159)

Interstate 55
(Exit 277 & Exit 279B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
285 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Oklahoma State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
Tennessee State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Oklahoma State Line to Atkins

Atkins to Hazen

Hazen to Tennessee State Line

Westbound:

Tennessee State Line to Interstate 30

Interstate 30 to Oklahoma State Line

Eastbound
After the U.S. 63 South exit (Exit 193), Interstate 40 enters the Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area. The White River makes up the eastern boundary of the wildlife area. A rest area is located near the river at approximately mile marker 200. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
As the interstate prepares to cross the White River, the right-of-way narrows. It is also apparent by looking at these pictures that this stretch of roadway has not been rebuilt in quite some time, and maybe not since the interstate was built. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 202 - Arkansas 33 - 1 mile. Biscoe is located along parallel U.S. 70, as are most of the cities noted along Interstate 40 between Little Rock and Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 202 - Arkansas 33 - Biscoe. The city of Beulah is two miles north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The longest stretch of Interstate 40 in Arkansas without an exit is that between Exits 202 and 216. Exit 216 serves U.S. 49 and Arkansas 17 and is one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A 72 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from the city of Jonesboro, the home of Arkansas State University. Their athletic teams, the Indians, are part of the Sun Belt Conference. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use U.S. 49 South to Arkansas 362 East to the Louisiana Purchase Historical Monument. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Helena (pop. 6,323) is located along the Mississippi River 53 miles to the southeast. Jonesboro (pop. 55,515) is the 5th largest city in the state. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 216 - U.S. 49/Arkansas 17 - Brinkley/Cotton Plant. Located eight miles northwest of Brinkley at the intersection of Arkansas 17, Arkansas 38, and Arkansas 306, Cotton Plant has a population of 960. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 221 - Arkansas 78 - 1 mile. Marianna is located along U.S. 79 11 miles east of Arkansas 78. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 221 - Arkansas 78 - Wheatley/Marianna. Wheatley (pop. 372) is located near the point where Lee, Monroe, and St. Francis counties all intersect. The city is officially located in St. Francis County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 233 - Arkansas 261 - 1 mile. The upcoming interchange marks the northern terminus of Arkansas 261, which connects Palestine, Gill, and Holub. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 233 - Arkansas 261 - Palestine. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East just beyond Arkansas 261. Memphis is 51 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The final rest area in Arkansas is located near mile marker 237. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the final rest area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 239 - Arkansas 1 - 1 mile. The state highway was rerouted along a new bypass in 2004 around Forrest City. The old route through town is now signed as Arkansas 1B. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use any of the next four exits to Forrest City. The main interchange is the cloverleaf at mile marker 241 (Arkansas 1B). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 239 - Arkansas 1. The control points of Wynne and Marianna are 13 miles north and 19 miles south of the interstate, respectively. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 241A - Arkansas 1B South - 3/4 mile, and Exit 241B - Arkansas 1B North - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Troop D of the Arkansas State Police is based in Forrest City. Use Exit 241B to their headquarters. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 241A - Arkansas 1B South - Forrest City. The city is home to 14,774 and is the seat of St. Francis County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 241B - Arkansas 1B North - Wynne. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
After the Arkansas 1B interchange, Interstate 40 ascends slightly to climb Crowleys Ridge. The ridge provides the most major change in elevation between Little Rock and Memphis and is a welcome, albeit short, relief from the flatness that dominates most of eastern Arkansas. Arkansas 284 (Crowleys Ridge Road) is 1/2 mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Village Creek State Park is located near Newcastle at the intersection of Arkansas 284 and Arkansas 306. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
East Arkansas Community College and Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute are located in Forrest City. They are located adjacent to each other. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 242 - Arkansas 284 - Crowleys Ridge Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 247 - Arkansas 38 East - 1 mile. The state highway meets Arkansas 147 near Horseshoe Lake at its other end. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 247 - Arkansas 38 East. Widener is located along U.S. 70, and Hughes is 18 miles southeast at the intersection of U.S. 79 and Arkansas 38. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 256 - Arkansas 75 - 1 mile. Parkin is actually not located along U.S. 70 for a change; it is actually on U.S. 64, 12 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Parkin is home to an archaeological state park, located north of town along Arkansas 184. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 256 - Arkansas 75 - Parkin. U.S. 70 runs as a frontage road along the south side of the interstate between Forrest City and West Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 260 - Arkansas 149 - 1 mile. Earle is also located along U.S. 64. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 260 - Arkansas 149 - Earle. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 265 - U.S. 79/Arkansas 218 - 1 mile. U.S. 79 duplexes with U.S. 70 from Arkansas 218 eastward. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Blurry shot of Interstate 40 East at Exit 265 - U.S. 79/Arkansas 218 - Hughes. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 271 - Arkansas 147 - 1 mile. The north-south state highway serves southern Crittenden County through Bruins, Thompson Grove, Anthonyville, and Louise. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 271 - Arkansas 147. The highway is designated a scenic highway by the state between Interstate 40 and Arkansas 131 in Thompson Grove. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching a weigh station near mile marker 273. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the weigh station as we draw closer to Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The first West Memphis interchange is Exit 275, Arkansas 118, one mile. Airport Road serves the West Memphis Municipal Airport. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The interstate curves slightly northward as we enter West Memphis. The city of 27,666 people is a western suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and is the largest city in Crittenden County. However, it is not the seat of the county, as that honor belongs to Marion (pop. 8,901), three miles north of West Memphis along Interstate 55 and Arkansas 77. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Arkansas 118 to the West Memphis Airport and Riverport. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mid-South Community College in West Memphis is "one of the fastest-growing community colleges in Arkansas," according to its website. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 275 - Arkansas 118 - Airport Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 276 - Arkansas 77 - 1 mile. Arkansas 77 is a former routing of U.S. 61 between West Memphis and Turrell before the federal highway was rerouted along the adjacent Interstate 55. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 277 - Interstate 55 North - 1 mile. Interstate 55 is a major north-south interstate through the Mid-South and midwestern United States, connecting New Orleans, Jackson (Mississippi), Memphis, St. Louis, Springfield (Illinois), and Chicago. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit falls to 65 as we enter West Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 276 - Arkansas 77 - Rich Road/Missouri Street. The state highway actually runs to the east of Interstate 55, but the ramp departs before the interstate due to space constraints. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 277 - Interstate 55 North. Interstate 40 eastbound narrows to one lane through this interchange. Blytheville (pop. 18,272) is 59 miles to the north. The Gateway to the West is 274 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 55 South approaching Exit 278 - Arkansas 191 - 1/4 mile. U.S. 61 and U.S. 63 South silently tag along with the interstates. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 55 South at Exit 278 - Arkansas 191 - 7th Street. The state highway is 2.2 miles long between the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway Boulevard (U.S. 70) in West Memphis and Arkansas 77 in far north West Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A three-quarter mile advance sign for the next exit, Exit 279A to Ingram Boulevard, is affixed to the Arkansas 191 overpass. This is the exit to take for West Memphis' hotel and restaurant row. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 55 South at Exit 279A - Ingram Boulevard. The two interstates prepare to split in one-half mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 55 South approaching Exit 279B - Interstate 55 South - 1/4 mile. The Interstate 55 shield has the state name. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 55 South (along with U.S. 61 and U.S. 63) split at what is now unmarked Exit 279B. One interchange remains in the state for those continuing on Interstate 40. Interstate 55 southbound motorists will see two more exits in Arkansas before entering Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 280 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive - 1/2 mile. A similar sign setup is seen for the same named street in Little Rock along Interstate 630. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 280 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The road is signed as Arkansas 38 on the 2005 official Arkansas map between U.S. 70 and Interstate 55, a distance of 0.1 mile, making that one of the shortest state highways on record. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next two exits serve downtown Memphis. The skyline is not in view yet but begins to appear just ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 maintains three lanes in each direction as we travel across the Mississippi River flood plains. This BGS lists the exits to take for the Memphis Convention Center (Exit 1 - Front Street), Mud Island and the Pyramid (Exit 1 - Riverside Drive), and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Exit 1B - U.S. 51). This sign is made to Tennessee standards but is wholly located in Arkansas. All signs from here to the state line are made to the Volunteer State's specifications. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 1 - Riverside Drive/Front Street - 2 miles. It is hard to believe that we are just two miles from a major city's downtown area, but we are, as the Memphis skyline begins coming into view to the right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 1 - Riverside Drive/Front Street - 1 mile. Nashville now becomes the control city as we are about to enter Memphis. The Music City is 210 miles east of Memphis. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
As we begin to ascend onto the Hernando DeSoto Bridge spanning the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee, the skyline of the birthplace of blues appears on the horizon. Memphis is famous for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley, to which we say thank you, thank you, thank you very much. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The right lane becomes exit only to downtown Memphis after crossing the Mississippi River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Everybody now; "Deeeeeeeeeeep River!" Interstate 40 enters the main section of the DeSoto Bridge. The bridge was built in the late 1960s and has been remodeled to withstand up to a magnitude 7 earthquake. Memphis is located on the New Madrid fault, considered to be the highest earthquake risk in the United States outside of the West Coast. The Welcome to Tennessee sign is visible just ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: October 09, 2005
Last updated: October 09, 2005