Springdale is at the crossroads of the region’s two four-lane highways – Interstate 49 and U.S. 412 - giving the city a distinct transportation advantage.
I-49 connects Springdale with Interstate 40, 45 minutes to the south and to Kansas City four hours to the north via U.S. 71. U.S. 412 connects Springdale with Tulsa 90 minutes to the west.
In 2016, Springdale completed several major road projects including improvements to 56th Street and Don Tyson Parkway. A fifth interstate interchange was completed in July of 2014, providing enhanced access at Exit 70 to a 2,000-acre development area in southwest Springdale that is home to Arvest Ballpark.
The Elm Springs Road I-49 overpass is also in the process of being widened. A 1/2 cent state sales tax will fund a widening of I-49 to six lanes throughout Northwest Arkansas as well as construction of the U.S. 412 Bypass (currently underway) on Springdale's northern edge that will ultimately provide improved access to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
Driving Distance to Major U.S. Cities
- Atlanta (710 miles)
- Austin (540 miles)
- Chicago (643 miles)
- Dallas (342 miles)
- Houston (582 miles)
- Indianapolis (592 miles)
- Kansas City (227 miles)
- Little Rock (201 miles)
- Memphis (329 miles)
- Nashville (540 miles)
- New Orleans (722 miles)
- Oklahoma City (213 miles)
- St. Louis (349 miles)
- Tulsa (109 miles)
Arkansas and Missouri Railroad, headquartered in Springdale at its Emma Avenue depot, is a Class III railroad that operates between Monett, Mo., and Fort Smith, Ark. The railroad provides freight and excursion services and ties in with other major rail services. Approximately 3,000 loads move through the line each month on 150 miles of rail tracks.
The railroad's bread-and-butter railcar freight business provides customers with choice through three Class I railroad interchanges (BNSF, UP and KCS). Working with several business partners, A&M Railroad also moves freight in tandem with barges traveling the Arkansas River. For customers not directly located on its line, affiliates and third parties provide rail service through transloading of goods to and from trucks.
An A&M Railroad affiliate, Ozark Transmodal, Inc. (OTI) supplies these transloading services at Fort Smith and Springdale, with specially designed facilities storing customers’ goods in a modern, 40,000 square foot warehouse in Fort Smith that is easily accessible to interstate highways.