U.S. 71 totals nearly 300 miles in Arkansas as it travels from the gentle rolling hills of the southwest to the Ozark mountains in the northwest. The U.S. highway enters the Natural State near Doddridge. Continuing northward, U.S. 71 passes through Texarkana, De Queen and Mena before reaching Fort Smith. From there U.S. 71 advances toward the Fayetteville-Springdale-Bentonville metro area in northwest Arkansas before crossing into southern Missouri. Between Doddridge and Texarkana, and from near Van Buren to Bentonville, U.S. 71 closely follows Interstate 49.

U.S. 71 North
U.S. 71 enters southwest Arkansas and Miller County 1.1 miles north of Ida, Louisiana. 05/20/14
Some rural residential streets within Miller County are designated by county markers instead of proper road names. Here U.S. 71 passes CR 411 and CR 508, both of which serve a handful of residences. 05/20/14
Two miles into Arkansas U.S. 71 passes through the rural community of Kiblah en route to Doddridge and Fouke. 05/20/14
U.S. 71 reaches the staggered intersection with CR 30 and CR 2. CR 30 meanders east toward Palmer Lake and the Red River. 05/20/14
County Road 2 stems northwest through rural Miller County toward the community of Brightstar along AR 160. 05/20/14
CR 4 east provides access from U.S. 71 to the community of Smithville. 05/20/14
Miller County Road 4 west connects U.S. 71 with CR 5 and CR 2. 05/20/14
U.S. 71 approaches a diamond interchange with Interstate 49 to Texarkana and Dallas. The freeway opened in stages between 2004 and 2005 as AR 549 from southeast Texarkana to U.S. 71 near Doddridge. 05/20/14
I-49 provides motorists a fast route to Texarkana and Interstate 30 to Dallas and Little Rock. 05/20/14
U.S. 71 north at the temporary end of I-49 (Highway 549) in south Miller County. The limited access freeway joins Doddridge with Texarkana 32.1 miles to the north. The segment south to Louisiana opened on November 10, 2014. 05/20/14
North of I-49, U.S. 71 approaches both Doddridge and AR 160. Highway 160 is split into four segments through southern Arkansas with this section entering the Natural State near Bloomburg, Texas and ending at AR 19 at Macedonia. AR 160 leads 5.8 miles west from Doddridge to Brightstar and 15 miles east to Bradley in neighboring Lafayette County. 09/04/09
U.S. 71 South
U.S. 71 continues south from AR 160 and Doddridge toward Louisiana and Shreveport (42 miles). 09/04/09
Miller County Road 201 comprises a 0.3-mile connection between U.S. 71 and AR 160 in Doddridge. 09/04/09
U.S. 71 south at the temporary end of AR 549 / I-49. A diamond interchange joins the two highways here, with the four mile segment south into Louisiana completed on November 10, 2014. 09/04/09
The AR 549 freeway provided a seamless connection between U.S. 71 and I-30 at Texarkana. U.S. 71 continues south another 4.3 miles to the Louisiana state line. 09/04/09

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09/04/09, 05/20/14 by AARoads

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Page Updated 06-02-2014.

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