Bannered routes of U.S. Route 71

U.S. Route 71 marker

U.S. Route 71
Highway system

A total of fourteen bannered routes of U.S. Route 71 exist.

Alexandria bypass

U.S. Highway 71 Bypass
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana

Bypass 71 is a controlled access highway at Alexandria, Louisiana. Its northern terminus is an interchange with Interstate 49 and U.S. Routes 71 and 165 north of Alexandria. Its southern terminus is at an interchange with Interstate 49 and U.S. Routes 71 and 167 south of Alexandria. Bypass 71 runs a total distance of approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) and is concurrent with I-49 its whole length. It is signed at both the north and south termini as By-Pass US 71.

Waldron business loop

U.S. Highway 71B
Location: Waldron, Arkansas

Business U.S. 71 in Waldron runs approximately 7 miles (11 km) beginning at U.S. 71 2½ miles north of Waldron and ending at U.S. 71 4½ miles south of Waldron. Signed locally as Main Street, it was created in 1971 after U.S. 71 was rerouted around the west side of town.

Fort Smith business loop

U.S. Highway 71B
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

U.S. 71 Business runs approximately 13 miles (21 km) between Alma, Arkansas and Fort Smith, Arkansas Its northern terminus is at Interstate 40 Interstate 49 and U.S. Highway 71 at Alma and its southern terminus is at Interstate 540 Interstate 49 and U.S. 71 in south Fort Smith. Highway 71 Business passes through the towns of Alma, Van Buren and Fort Smith. One half mile south of I-40 at Alma, U.S. 71 Business intersects U.S. Highway 64 and overlaps it to downtown Fort Smith and the junction of Arkansas Highway 22.

Within the city of Fort Smith, U.S. 71 Business is commonly referred to by the names of Midland Boulevard (north of downtown), North 10th (one-way north-to-south) & North 11th Streets (one-way south-to-north) within downtown, Towson Avenue (south of downtown) and Zero Street (beginning at the intersection of U.S. Highway 271 and Arkansas Highway 255).

Northwest Arkansas business route

U.S. Highway 71B
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Length: 34.27 mi[1] (55.15 km)
Existed: May 27, 1970[2]–present

U.S. Route 71 Business (US 71B) in Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area is a business route of U.S. Route 71 that spans 34.27 miles (55.15 km).[3][4] US 71B begins in southern Fayetteville, where US 71 angles west to become the Fulbright Expressway with US 62 and I-49. US 71B meets AR Highways 265 (Cato Springs Road), 16 and 180 before entering downtown Fayetteville. US 71B becomes a main promenade through town as College Avenue passing AR 45 along the way.

As College Avenue, US 71B passes the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center, Fiesta Square, Spring Creek Centre, the Northwest Arkansas Mall, and Lake Fayetteville. Entering Springdale, the route crosses by the Springdale Country Club before meeting and briefly running concurrently with US 412. Later, US 71B continues north to meet AR 264 in Bethel Heights.

US 71B becomes Bloomington Street in Lowell as it continues north to AR 94 (New Hope Road. Entering Rogers, US 71B meets US 62/AR 12 and becomes Walnut Street and turns east. The route passes St. Mary's Hospital and Dixieland Mall and crosses to I-49 as it enters Bentonville.

US 71B meets AR Highways 112, 72, and 102 near the Bentonville Municipal Airport when it arrows north. Becoming Walton Boulevard, US 71B crosses AR 72 (Central Avenue) before meeting I-49/US 71 again and terminating at exit 93.

Major intersections

WashingtonFayetteville0.00.0 US 71Southern terminus
1.452.33 AR 16 (W 15th Street)
2.043.28 AR 180 west (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)
2.984.80Dickson Street
3.145.05 AR 45 east (E Lafayette Street)
5.008.05Township StreetFormer AR 180
6.7510.86To I-49 / US 62 / US 71 (Fulbright Expressway)Also access to Gregg Avenue
7.011.3Joyce Blvd To I-49 / US 71 / US 62 (Fulbright Expressway)Northbound has jughandle entrance to Fulbright Expressway
Springdale10.0716.21 To US 412 east (W Robinson Avenue)connector road
10.2816.54 US 412 west (S Thompson Avenue)Southern end of US 412 concurrency
10.8017.38 US 412 west (Sunset Avenue)Northern end of US 412 concurrency
BentonBethel Heights14.3023.01 AR 264 east (Jackson Avenue)
Lowell16.2926.22 AR 264 west (W Monroe Avenue)
Rogers AR 94 south (W New Hope Road)
AR 12 / AR 94 north (N 8th Street)Southern end of AR 12 concurrency; northern end of AR 94 concurrency
Bentonville I-49 / US 71 / US 62 (Fulbright Expressway)
AR 112 north (SE J Street)Southern end of AR 112 concurrency
AR 12 north / AR 112 (SW Regional Airport Boulevard)Northern end of AR 12/AR 112 concurrency
AR 204 west (Airport Road)To Bentonville Municipal Airport
AR 102 (SW 14th Street)
AR 72 west (SW 2nd Street)
34.2755.15 I-49 south / US 71 (Bella Vista Way)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Pineville–Anderson business loop

U.S. Route 71 Business
Location: PinevilleAnderson

U.S. Route 71 Business is an alternate alignment of U.S. Route 71 in southwest Missouri. Its northern terminus is at a partial interchange with US 71 approximately 7 miles (11 km) north of Anderson. Its southern terminus is an at-grade intersection with US 71 and Wolf Den Road (also known as McDonald County Road 71-22B SW) approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Pineville. In Anderson, Business 71 runs concurrently with Route 59 for approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) and Route 76 for 2 miles (3.2 km). Business 71 was originally created in 2005 running from 7 miles (11 km) north of Anderson to 2 miles (3.2 km) south of town at an at-grade intersection with US 71. In 2007, it was extended along the former US 71 in Pineville after a new freeway section was built bypassing the town.

Savannah business loop

U.S. Route 71 Business
Location: Savannah, Missouri

Maryville business loop

U.S. Route 71 Business
Location: Maryville, Missouri

Business 71 is a former alignment of US 71 through Maryville, Missouri. Running a distance of approximately 5 miles (8.0 km), its southern terminus is at US 71 south of Maryville. Its northern terminus is an intersection with US 71 and US 136 north of Maryville.

Clarinda business loop

U.S. Highway 71 Business
Location: Clarinda, Iowa

U.S. Route 71 Business is a former alignment of US 71 through Clarinda, Iowa. It begins at the junction of U.S. Route 71 and Iowa Highway 2 in southern Clarinda. Then, it follows 16th Street (Glenn Miller Avenue) towards downtown Clarinda. At Washington Street, US 71 Business meets Iowa 2 Business, and both routes continue east, eventually leaving Clarinda. East of Clarinda, US 71 Bus./IA 2 Bus. intersect US 71. US 71 Business ends while Iowa 2 Business continues south to complete its business loop. The entire route is in Clarinda, Page County.

US 71 / Iowa 2

Iowa 2 Business west
South end of IA 2 Bus. overlap

US 71 / Iowa 2 Business east
North end of IA 2 Bus. overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Storm Lake business loop

U.S. Highway 71 Business
Location: Storm Lake, Iowa

U.S. Route 71 Business is a former alignment of US 71 in Storm Lake, Iowa. It begins at the junction of U.S. Route 71 and Iowa Highway 7. It follows Iowa 7 into Storm Lake along Lakeshore Drive, Flindt Drive, and Milwaukee Avenue. At Lake Street, US 71 Business turns north, leaving Iowa 7, where it eventually leaves Storm Lake. Near Truesdale, US 71 Bus. turns east and rejoins US 71. The entire route is in Buena Vista County.

Storm Lake US 71 / Iowa 7 westSouth end of IA 7 overlap
Iowa 7 west (Milwaukee Avenue)North end of IA 7 overlap
Truesdale US 71
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Willmar business loop

U.S. Highway 71 markerTrunk Highway 23 marker

U.S. Highway 71 Business

Minnesota Highway 23 Business

Location: Willmar, Minnesota

Business 71 (completely concurrent with Minnesota State Highway 23 Business) is a city-maintained business loop through the city of Willmar, Minnesota.

KandiyohiWillmar US 71 south / MN 23 westSouthern/Western terminus
To US 12 (Litchfield Avenue)
CSAH 24 (26th Avenue NE) / 23rd Street NEFormerly MN 294
US 71 north / MN 23 eastAccess to northbound US 71/eastbound MN 23 only.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Former routes

I-49 business routes

On December 12, 2012, a portion of US-71 in Missouri was designated as Interstate 49. Four US-71 business routes that connected to the affected section of US-71 were redesignated as I-49 business routes:

Alexandria business loop

U.S. Highway 71 Business
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
Existed: 1945–1975

Business 71 is a former alignment of U.S. 71 in Alexandria. It followed the original routing of U.S. 71 before the construction of Alexandria's current highway system. It began at an intersection with Lee Street and MacArthur Drive, and followed Lee Street. It turned west at an intersection with LA 1, following Bolton Avenue to US 165. It was deleted in the mid-1970s.

Joplin business loop

U.S. Route 71 Business
Location: Joplin, Missouri
Existed: by 1945–ca. 1979

US 71 Bus. followed 32nd Street (Route FF), Main Street (Route 43), Broadway Street, St. Louis Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Utica Street, Florida Avenue, and Zora Street through downtown Joplin. The part of US 71 that it looped off of is now I-49 Bus. The Joplin business loop was the first such route in Missouri; all others at the time were "city" routes.[5]

Joplin alternate

U.S. Route 71 Alternate
Location: Joplin, Missouri
Former Alternate US 71 near Carthage, Missouri. This section is now a frontage road ("outer road" in Missouri) of US 71.

Alternate US 71 was a former bannered highway which provided an alternate route for US 71 between Carthage, Missouri and Neosho, Missouri, bypassing Joplin, Missouri. Both endpoints were junctions with US 71. This section of road from Fidelity to Carthage was originally Route 38, renumbered Route 38N in about 1930.

At Carthage, Alternate 71 followed what is currently Route 571 to US 71 at what is now the intersection of Route 96/571. When the freeway was built around Carthage, it ended at that the current exit of 71 at Route 96/571 & Business 71.

In 1999, the Alternate 71 designation was deleted. The section north of Interstate 44 at Fidelity was redesignated US 71, with the former US 71 being designated Business 71. South of Interstate 44, it continues as Route 59 to U.S. Route 60. From there it followed US 60 to Neosho. Other than its endpoints, only two towns were located on the former highway: Fidelity, Missouri and Diamond, Missouri.

The road was originally assigned at Optional US 71 in 1932 and changed to Alternate US 71 in 1935.

Kansas City bypass

U.S. Route 71 Bypass
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Existed: 1932–1969

U.S. Route 71 Bypass (Kansas City) was the original name for a highway that connected Harrisonville, Missouri to just south of Platte City, Missouri, where it rejoined US 71 Highway near Kansas City International Airport. When I-29 was opened in the mid-1960s, it was renumbered Route 291.

At Lee's Summit, Missouri, it connects to I-470. It remains concurrent with the Interstate, until I-470 terminates at I-70. Route 291 continues to the north after its junction with I-70. The route has been rerouted several times, and has seen improvements over the years, and continues to be a major highway in eastern Jackson County, Missouri. In Platte and Clay Counties, it also is known as Cookingham Drive, and Mid Continent Trafficway.

Platte City bypass

U.S. Route 71 Bypass
Location: Platte City, Missouri


  1. 1 2 "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. tlength_notes=mileage includes flyover of 1.83 miles (2.95 km) serving I-540/US 71/US 62 Database. Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. "Minutes of the Meeting" (PDF). Arkansas State Highway Commission. May 27, 1970. p. 1624. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  3. 1 2 Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Washington County map Retrieved on June 24, 2009.
  4. 1 2 Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Benton County map Retrieved on June 24, 2009.
  5. Missouri Highway Map Archive (1945-46 front, 1979 back, 1980 back)
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