Highway 112 to be decommissioned in Fayetteville

Highway 112 to be decommissioned in Fayetteville

Arkansas Highway 112, one of the original Arkansas state highways, will be decommissioned in Fayetteville city limits south of I-49 exit 66 following action by the Fayetteville City Council on January 3. The highway will become a city street following the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) providing funding for widening along Maple Street (between Razorback Road and Garland Ave). AHTD will also widen Highway 112 between Poplar Street and Van Asche Boulevard, but the City will manage the project's design. Read the full resolution at the Fayetteville Flyer.

Over the past several years, segments of the roadway have been widened and improved through and near the campus, through a series of partnerships between the City, the UA, and the AHTD.  The UA has planted and maintained the landscaping and trees on segments through campus and to the south of the campus since the completion of the widening and improvements.

The impetus of this deal was two series of public bids far exceeding the City's responsibility ($3,358,600) for AHTD Job 040582. AHTD will fill the funding gap to get the project moving.

AHTD has relinquished state highways to cities in Northwest Arkansas before, most recently a deal was announced for portions of US 71B to be turned over to Bentonville and Rogers maintenance. The AHTD currently has a project underway in Siloam Springs, after which a portion of Highway 43 (Cheri Whitlock Drive) will be turned over to city maintenance. In Fayetteville, the most recent turnback was when AHTD widened Township Street, Gregg Avenue, and Drake Street in exchange for turnback to City maintenance (similar to the Highway 112 swap) in 2008.  

AHTD Director Scott Bennett and other employees of the Department have actively discussed the high overall mileage of the Arkansas State Highway System (over 16,000 miles) for years. He has worked to reduce the overall mileage AHTD maintains whenever feasible and prudent.

Highway 112 was one of the original state highways created on April 1, 1926. Running between Highway 265 in south Fayetteville and Highway 12 in Bentonville, the route had run north to Highway 72 in Bentonville until being truncated in 2012.

It is currently unclear how Highway 112 Spur (Wedington Drive) will be renumbered following the rerouting.