I know it's a long shot but I'm hoping someone sees this before noonish tomorrow on Friday, January 14 2022.
I'm heading to Hot Springs, Arkansas and coming from Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Seems the fastest way is to take I-40 to HIghway 71 to Highway 270. But I looked in the 2022 Rand McNally Atlas and it seems highway 270 is a restricted route, according to the atlas, "East of Y-City - over Alexander Creek".
Does anyone know where Alexander Creek is? I checked my Atlas, checked Google Satellite View, there's a bunch of creeks around there but I didn't find an Alexander Creek east of Y-City and I looked on the satellite view (and in the atlas) all the way to Mt. Ida. The creeks I saw immediately east of Y-City are Steep Hollow Creek, Mill Creek and Tan-A-Hill Creek.
I looked and the fastest way around that restriction is to take Highway 71 and skip Y City and instead go south to Mena, then take Highway 88, where it meets up with Highway 270 at Pencil Bluff.
HOWEVER, this adds 25 minutes to my trip both ways because I'll have to go back the same way that I came. So altogether that adds 50 extra minutes and I'm going to be very pressed for time tomorrow.
So my questions for you guys are, where specifically is Alexander Creek and does anyone know what the restriction is? Is it 100% no trucks allowed east of Y-City to Alexander Creek, or is there some small bridge over an Alexander Creek (that I can't find on Google Maps nor the Atlas) where it maybe has a 30 or 35 ton limit or something like that?
Anybody ran this route before?
HELP from my Arkansas Veterans - Highway 270 East of Y-City Truck Restriction Question
Last time I ran to Hot Springs, I came in the long way - I40E to Little Rock - then I30W.
I came back empty the shorter way that you're talking. The time is about the same, regardless of the extra miles.
If you can run 70 mph on the interstate, I'd strongly consider it - 270/71 etc is slow going. Scenic, but slow.
I found your bridge Scott county bridge #00388 Alexander creek.
Width 40.ft curb to curb
Three axles: 18tons
Four axles 21 tons
Five axles 29tons.
"Actual posted weight limits may differ from limits displayed on map actual post d limits will take precedence weight limits subject to change without notice failure to obey posted restrictions can result in liability claims by the state of Arkansas" yada yada
Be sure to click all THREE maps.
Local restricted bridges
And STATE restricted bridges
There's just that one bridge but no one pays attention to it. Heck, even if you go down 71, there's a 33 ton bridge south of Mena at Old Potter. Dot cops don't seem to care about either one. They may be waiting for the bridge to fail, then bill the trucking company.
So I stopped at the rest area for about 10 minutes to stretch and use the bathroom and when I got back on the highway, I was golden. No traffic around me and the "Steven's Crowd" was nowhere to be found for the rest of my trip. I definetly saved time doing the 270/71 route than staying on the interestate, thanks to me being empty/not being around traffic most of the way and also because I can't go 70 on the interstate anyways.
Coming back I took your advice blairandgretchen and I took the interstate back up to Missouri.
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone in this thread! I couldn't reply yesterday but I saw all of your responses to the thread so I was able to make an informed decision on how to proceed. You guys helped me out a bunch as I am not familar with the vast majority of Arkansas past the interstate. Thanks!
Sometimes weight and/or length restrictions are in place simply to keep trucks from going that way and getting themselves in a bind. Hwy 140 out of OR into NV is one. It’s a good road other than its real desolate crossing the high desert of the weather turns on you.BeHereNow97 Thanks this.