Highway 530

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Arkansas Highway 530 currently represents a 22.5 mile two-lane expressway type highway connecting Interstate 530 in Pine Bluff and AR 114 near Star City (18 miles) and linking AR 35 to U.S. 278 in Drew County (4.5 miles). A third extension from AR 114 south to a new connector road linking AR 11 and U.S. 425 was scheduled to open in late 2014.1 Future aspirations for AR 530 are to connect the two segments and further extend the state highway south to meet the future Interstate 69 corridor near Monticello. Overall plans call for the entire AR 530 corridor to be upgraded to an Interstate grade freeway and be re-branded as an extension of Interstate 530.

Arkansas 530 South
The original 4.5 miles of Arkansas 530 heads south from Arkansas 35 toward its current end at U.S. 278 four miles ahead. Wilmer resides west along U.S. 278 two miles from the terminus. Photo taken 05/07/12.
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Though at-grade intersections exist along the 4.5 mile stretch of Arkansas 530, the highway maintains expressway style characteristics between those intersections. Hungerrun Creek runs under Arkansas 530 at mile post 0.75 toward its rendezvous with Hudgens Creek. Photos taken 05/07/12.
Arkansas 530 south meets Barkada Road 0.2 miles north of Langford Creek. Barkada Road arcs northwest from Monticello to the community of Barkada and Drew County 133. Photo taken 05/07/12.
Langford Creek flows westward toward Wilmer and the Saline River in adjoining Bradley County. Only 2.38 miles remain for the two-lane state highway. Photo taken 05/07/12.
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Enough space has been allocated along the entire length of Arkansas 530 for the eventual expansion of a future southbound roadway when funds and traffic warrant the need. Photos taken 05/07/12.
Advisory signs align Arkansas 530 on the approach to U.S. 278 to Wilmar and Monticello. Photo taken 05/07/12.
The multilane U.S. 278 provides direct access east to Monticello and U.S. 425 (5 miles) and west to Wilmar (2 miles) and Warren (10 miles). Photo taken 05/07/12.
Arkansas 530 officially comes to an end at this current at-grade intersection with U.S. 278. Ultimate plans call for the highway to extend south to the proposed Interstate 69 corridor southwest of Monticello. Photo taken 05/07/12.
Arkansas 530 scenes
Arkansas 35 approaches Arkansas 530 in rural Drew County. This original 4.5 mile piece connects Arkansas 35 with U.S. 278 to Wilmer. Otherwise State Highway 35 continues south and will meet U.S. 425 in five miles and Monticello in eight miles. Photo taken 05/07/12.
U.S. 278 east nears the current at-grade junction with Arkansas 530 five miles out from Monticello. The state highway stems north 4.5 miles to Arkansas 35 to Rye. Future plans will allow Arkansas 530 to connect with its additional segment further north providing a seamless tie to Interstate 530, Pine Bluff and Little Rock. Photo taken 05/07/12.

Sources:

  1. New State Highway 530 Opens, Pine Bluff Commercial newspaper, September 12, 2013.


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05/07/12 by AARoads

Page Updated 06-12-2014.