Arkansas Highway 8 – Wikipedia

Highway 8 marker

Highway 8

Maintained by ArDOT
Length 229.83 mi[1] (369.88 km)
Existed 1926–present
West end SH-63 at the Oklahoma state line
Major intersections US 59 / US 71 in Mena
US 70 in Glenwood
I-30 in Arkadelphia
US 67 in Arkadelphia
US 63 in Warren
US 425, Fountain Hill
US 82 in Hamburg
US 165 in Parkdale
US 65 in Eudora
East end US 65 south of Eudora, AR
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Polk, Montgomery, Pike,
Bradley, Clark, Cleveland, Dallas, Drew, Chicot

Highway 8 (AR 8, Ark. 8, Hwy. 8) is an east–west state highway in Lower Arkansas. The route of 229.83 miles (369.88 km) runs from Oklahoma State Highway 63 (SH-63) at the Oklahoma state line east across the state to US Route 65 (US 65) south of Eudora.[2][3]

Route description[edit]

The route begins at Oklahoma State Highway 63 at the Oklahoma state line near Mena in the Ouachita National Forest and runs east. A concurrency forms with US 59/US 71 through downtown Mena, and a concurrency with Highway 88 forms after entering the city. Highway 8 breaks from these overlaps near Ward Creek and turns south to exit Mena, continuing east with minor junctions at Highway 375, Highway 980, and Highway 370 before again entering the Ouachita National Forest near the Montgomery County line.[2] Shortly after entering Mongtomery County, Highway 8 passes the Cogburn Dipping Vat, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), before entering Black Springs and Norman.[4] A concurrency with Highway 27 forms in Norman, and the two routes continue south past the historic Caddo Valley Academy Complex and the Norman Town Square to exit the Ouachita National Forest and enter Pike County.[4][5]

Highway 8 enters Glenwood, including junctions with Highway 8 Spur (AR 8S), US Route 70 Business (US 70B), and a brief concurrency with US 70. After turning south to leave US 70, Highway 27 follows US 70 west, ending the concurrency that began in Norman. The highway continues southeast to form a concurrency with Highway 84 which continues into Clark County.[6] Highway 8/Highway 84 continue into Amity until Highway 84 turns north at a traffic circle near the Old Bank of Amity. Highway 8 continues east to Arkadelphia, where it meets Highway 26/Highway 51 just inside the city limits.

After Arkadelphia, the route is concurrent with AR 7 until Dalark. The route continues southeast to Fordyce and on to Warren before going straight south to Johnsville. The route continues to Eudora and south into the Grand Lake Loop, where it meets U.S. Route 65 and terminates.

Major intersections[edit]

Glenwood spur[edit]

Highway 8S marker

Harmon Street

Location Glenwood
Length 0.20 mi[1] (320 m)
Existed January 8, 1987[7]–present

Highway 8S (AR 8S, Ark. 8S, Hwy. 8S, and Harmon Street[8]) is an east–west state highway spur route in Glenwood. The route of 0.20 miles (0.32 km) runs from Highway 8 west to a lumberyard along the Arkansas Midland Railroad tracks.[1]

Hamburg spur[edit]

Highway 8S marker

Highway 8S

Location Hamburg
Length 0.9 mi (1,400 m)
Existed November 21, 1995[9]–August 22, 2001[10]

Highway 8S (AR 8S, Ark. 8S, Hwy. 8S) is a former spur route in Hamburg. The former alignment of the parent highway existed as a spur route for six years until being renumbered as Highway 189.

History

The spur was created on November 21, 1995 along a former segment of Highway 8 during major revisions to Highway 8 to improve route continuity.[9] The roadway was renumbered to Highway 189 at the request of the Ashley County Judge.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Planning and Research Division (2010). “Arkansas Road Log Database”. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map, Polk County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2000-12-22. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  3. ^ General Highway Map, Chicot County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  4. ^ a b “National Register Information System”. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  5. ^ General Highway Map, Montgomery County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  6. ^ General Highway Map, Pike County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  7. ^ “Minutes” (1980–1989), p. 782.
  8. ^ Map of Glenwood, Pike County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Division. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. June 2002. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  9. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway Commission (1999). “Minutes of the Meeting of the Arkansas State Highway Commission” (PDF). Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway Commission. pp. 1793–1794. OCLC 21798861. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  10. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway Commission (2009). “Minutes of the Meeting of the Arkansas State Highway Commission” (PDF). Little Rock: Arkansas State Highway Commission. p. 279. OCLC 21798861. Retrieved 2018-07-19.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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