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Title: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: cbalducc on November 13, 2021, 03:53:52 PM
There are two disconnected segments of Highway 530 in southeast Arkansas.  Though this shares the number of Interstate 530, it is not an interstate.  What is the intended destination for this highway?  Is it beneficial to many travelers now?
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: jbnv on November 13, 2021, 04:21:51 PM
I'll let the Arkansans explain in better detail, but my best guess is that it's a placeholder for a future Interstate 530 extension to Monroe, Louisiana.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: sprjus4 on November 13, 2021, 04:24:15 PM
It connects to the southern end of I-530, and is designed as a super-2 that will eventually be upgraded into a full freeway, to extend down to Future I-69 at Monticello.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: cbalducc on November 13, 2021, 04:34:10 PM
It connects to the southern end of I-530, and is designed as a super-2 that will eventually be upgraded into a full freeway, to extend down to Future I-69 at Monticello.
But what if I-69 is never built?  Will the road be a waste of money?
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: jbnv on November 13, 2021, 04:45:16 PM
It connects to the southern end of I-530, and is designed as a super-2 that will eventually be upgraded into a full freeway, to extend down to Future I-69 at Monticello.
But what if I-69 is never built?  Will the road be a waste of money?

Not if they can work out something with Louisiana to connect it to Monroe. US 425 is already four lanes in Louisiana.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: sprjus4 on November 13, 2021, 05:52:34 PM
It connects to the southern end of I-530, and is designed as a super-2 that will eventually be upgraded into a full freeway, to extend down to Future I-69 at Monticello.
But what if I-69 is never built?  Will the road be a waste of money?
I wouldn’t say so, even in its current form, it provides a high quality 2 lane 65 mph road between Monticello and I-530.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: edwaleni on November 14, 2021, 03:51:03 AM
Much of this is discussed here:

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=3524.0

Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: Anthony_JK on November 14, 2021, 04:17:14 AM
There are two disconnected segments of Highway 530 in southeast Arkansas.  Though this shares the number of Interstate 530, it is not an interstate.  What is the intended destination for this highway?  Is it beneficial to many travelers now?


The AR 530 designation is a temporary placeholder for what will be a full Interstate freeway (I-530) at least to Monticello, where it is supposed to meet the proposed I-69 corridor. It may ultimately become part of a full Interstate corridor (extended I-57, I-51, or southern I-53) extending to Monroe, and ultimately to Alexandria or even Lake Charles.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: Road Hog on November 14, 2021, 09:07:20 PM
I ask the thread title often myself.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: The Ghostbuster on November 15, 2021, 12:31:20 PM
If the roadway makes it to Monroe, LA or even if it doesn't go south of Monticello, AR, Interstate/AR 530 should become a further extension of Interstate 57. I think the distance is too great to keep the road a 3-digit Interstate like 530.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: capt.ron on November 15, 2021, 01:25:24 PM
If the roadway makes it to Monroe, LA or even if it doesn't go south of Monticello, AR, Interstate/AR 530 should become a further extension of Interstate 57. I think the distance is too great to keep the road a 3-digit Interstate like 530.
I agree. AR already tried that with I-540 from FS to Fayetteville and it turned into I-49. I definitely favor an I-57 extension.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: MikieTimT on November 15, 2021, 01:57:27 PM
If the roadway makes it to Monroe, LA or even if it doesn't go south of Monticello, AR, Interstate/AR 530 should become a further extension of Interstate 57. I think the distance is too great to keep the road a 3-digit Interstate like 530.
I agree. AR already tried that with I-540 from FS to Fayetteville and it turned into I-49. I definitely favor an I-57 extension.

I'd third that as well, however, I'd wager that it won't happen unless I-69 actually gets build as planned to provide the other logical terminus, temporary or permanent as it may be.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: jbnv on November 15, 2021, 08:45:45 PM
I'd third that as well, however, I'd wager that it won't happen unless I-69 actually gets build as planned to provide the other logical terminus, temporary or permanent as it may be.

I-69 isn't going to happen in Arkansas because it isn't going to happen in Louisiana. Arkansas would be better off ditching I-69 and working with Louisiana on bringing I-57 to I-10. Louisiana already has four-lane divided expressways that could serve as the footprint for I-57. As for I-69, Louisiana has no footprint at all and a full plate of projects for real needs.
Title: Re: The purpose of Arkansas 530
Post by: MikieTimT on November 15, 2021, 08:56:07 PM
I'd third that as well, however, I'd wager that it won't happen unless I-69 actually gets build as planned to provide the other logical terminus, temporary or permanent as it may be.

I-69 isn't going to happen in Arkansas because it isn't going to happen in Louisiana. Arkansas would be better off ditching I-69 and working with Louisiana on bringing I-57 to I-10. Louisiana already has four-lane divided expressways that could serve as the footprint for I-57. As for I-69, Louisiana has no footprint at all and a full plate of projects for real needs.

It'd certainly be cheaper than sharing a Mississippi River bridge project with Mississippi for I-69.