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Transportation in Arkansas

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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department[1] maintains the existing infrastructure of Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Departmenttransportation in the state and develops an integrated transportation network that includes air, rail, road systems designed to provide an efficient and safe aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound intermodal transportation system for the people of Arkansas.

Many programs have been initiated and implemented by the department for safely as well as for the beautification of the state. The Programs include:

Road Transportation in Arkansas


The road transportation in Arkansas consists of several state routes, interstate highways, bridges and tunnels. The transportation department is responsible for safe, convenient, and excellent transportation throughout the state. The department also provides easy connectivity to various nearby cities and states. The Department looks after 16, 398 miles of State and US highways. The major interstate highways in Arkansas are:

Highways in Arkansas
  • Interstate 30 (I-30) connects southwestern Arkansas in Texarkana.
  • Interstate 40 (I-40) is an east–west Interstate Highway that has some part in Arkansas and connects sections in Oklahoma to Tennessee.
  • Interstate 55 (I-55) connects West Memphis north to Blytheville.
  • Interstate 430 (I-430) bypasses Little Rock and North Little Rock.
  • Interstate 440 (I-440) is located in the central part of Arkansas.
  • Interstate 530 (I-530) connects Pine Bluff to Little Rock.
  • Interstate 540 (I-540) connects Fort Smith to Van Buren.
  • Interstate 630 (I-630), located in Arkansas is an east–west connector within Little Rock. I-630 is also known as the Wilbur D. Mills Freeway.

Arkansas Scenic Byways


One can enjoy the natural beauty and diversity of Arkansas while traveling through the Arkansas Scenic Byways. Along these byways are places where one can explore the history and heritage as well as Arkansas's great outdoors and diverse geographical regions. The Scenic Byways in Arkansas are: Arkansas Scenic Byways
  • Crowley's Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway
  • Great River Road National Scenic Byway
  • Talimena Scenic Drive National Scenic Byway
  • Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway
  • Boston Mountains Scenic Loop
  • Highway 21/Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway
  • Interstate 530
  • Mount Magazine Scenic Byway/Highway 309
  • Pig Trail Scenic Byway
  • Sylamore Scenic Byway
  • West-Northwest Scenic Byway

Read more about: Arkansas Scenic Byways

Bicycle and Pedestrian


Bicycle and Pedestrian are also a very common mode of transportation in Arkansas. Apart from transportationBicycle riding bicycling and pedestrian activities also contributes to the recreational and health benefits.

The Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will look after the state policies related to bicycling and walking and also look after the development of roads, trails, sidewalks and other infrastructure that serve bicyclists and pedestrians.

Read more about: Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Air Transportation in Arkansas


Air transportation is an essential gateway of Arkansas that serves the tourists and locals from around the globe. It is an important means of transport that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. The primary airport of Arkansas are: Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Fort Smith Regional Airport, Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and Texarkana Regional Airport.

Northwest Arkansas Regional AirportNorthwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport was opened for commercial passenger business on November 1, 1998. The airport daily operates 50 flights to 14 destinations. The airways that operate to and from the airport are: American, Delta, United, U.S. Airways and Allegiant.

Contact Details
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
One Airport Blvd., Suite 100
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone no: 479-205-1000
Fax: 479-205-1001
Website: http://www.flyxna.com/

Fort Smith Regional AirportFort Smith Regional Airport

It is the newest and most convenient passenger terminal of Arkansas. The airlines that operate to and from the airport are American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

Contact Details
Fort Smith Regional Airport
6700 McKennon Blvd., Suite 200
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone no: 479-452-7000
Website: http://fortsmithairport.com/

Texarkana Regional Airport

Texarkana Regional Airport is also known as Webb Field. It is a public use airport located northeast of the central business district of Texarkana, in the state of Arkansas. The American Eagle has daily flights to Dallas and Fort Worth.

Website: http://www.txkairport.com/

Bill and Hillary Clinton National AirportBill and Hillary Clinton National Airport

It is largest commercial service airport of Arkansas, with nearly 2.2 million passengers annually. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport known as Adams Field. This airport has daily flights to 16 cities. The airlines that operate to and from the airport are: Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.

Website: http://www.clintonairport.com/

Rail Transportation in Arkansas


Rail Transportation is also an important means of transportation in Arkansas. Rail transportation in Arkansas includes both the movement of people (passenger rail) and movement of goods (freight rail).

Passenger Trains in ArkansasPassenger Trains in Arkansas

  • Amtrak or the National Railroad Passenger Corporation is a publicly funded railroad service which started operations on May 1, 1971 to provide United States with the intercity passenger train service.
  • The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is a short-line railroad and is headquartered in Springdale in Arkansas.
  • The Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway was established by late Robert Dortch, Jr. and his wife Mary Jane in the year1981 in Eureka Springs in Arkansas. It is a for-profit passenger tourist railway
  • The Fort Smith Trolley Museum is a streetcar and railroad museum in Fort Smith in Arkansas.

Freight Service in Arkansas


The rail freight network of Arkansas is a major driver of economic activity. Every year thousand tons of rail freight is shipped to different destinations.

Common Freight Carriers in ArkansasFreight Carriers in Arkansas

Waterways in Arkansas


The Arkansas Waterways Commission[2] is the only state agency responsible for promoting, developing, and protecting waterways in Arkansas. The Commission also is responsible for promoting economic development for ports on the five commercially navigable rivers of the Arkansas.

Ports in Arkansas


There are several ports[3] in Arkansas. Mentioned below are the ports in Arkansas.

Ports in Arkansas


Port of Little Rock

The port occupies around 2,640 acres of industrial property and also consists of two barge docking facilities, one on a slack water harbor and the other on the main navigation channel. The Port of Little Rock also owns and maintains its own railroad that handles over 10,000 cars per year.

Contact Details
Bryan Day, Director
7500 Lindsey Road, Little Rock, AR 72206
Phone no: 501-490-1468
Website: www.lrportauthority.com

Port of Pine Bluff's

The Port of Pine Bluff's is the oldest public port on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The Port is located on a natural slackwater harbor.

Contact Details
Lou Ann Nisbett, Executive Director
P.O. Box 5069, Pine Bluff, AR 71611
Phone no: 870-535-0110
Website: www.jeffersoncountyalliance.com

City of Camden Port Authority

The City of Camden Port Authority is situated on approximately eight acres near downtown Camden. The authority owns a warehouse and river terminal.

Contact Details
The Honorable Marie Trisollini, Mayor
P.O. Box 278, Camden, AR 71701
Phone no: 870-837-5500

Crossett Port Authority

The sole objective of the authority is to help diversify the local economic base for the area and also support and strengthen existing paper and wood products industries.

Contact Details
Dan Pevy
1701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635
Phone no: 870-364-6953
Website

Helena-West Helena-Phillips County

The Phillips County Port Authority has established a a 2.3 mile long slack water harbor and industrial park complex. The Industrial Park has rail service, electrical power, natural gas and water utilities.

Contact Details
John Edwards
P.O. Box 407, Helena, AR 72342
501-680-5248
Website: http://helenaharbor.com/

Port at Osceola

Through the public port at Osceola, more than 200,000 tons per year of agricultural products are moved. The port has a substantial inventory of potential industrial sites.

Contact Details
Jeff Worsham
870-622-0204
P.O. Box 443, Osceola, AR 72370

West Memphis-Crittenden County Port Authority

A general purpose river terminal and a special purpose grain terminal is owned by the West Memphis-Crittenden County Port Authority. Rail service is also available nearby.

Contact Details
Contact: Ward Wimbish
P.O. Box 1728, West Memphis, AR 72303
Phone no: 870-732-7500
Website: http://www.portofmemphis.com/

Yellow Bend Port

Yellow Bend Port is located directly on the Mississippi. It is a slack water harbor that is easily reached through a 250 foot wide entrance to a 350 x 810 foot turning basin. It is one of the most convenient port locations on the inland waterway system, due to its location on the Mississippi river.

Contact Details
Kenny Gober, Director
P.O. Drawer 725, McGehee, AR 71654
Phone no: 870-222-3732, ext. 106
References:
  1. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
  2. Arkansas Waterways Commission
  3. Ports in Arkansas
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