Interstate 59 and 69 in Mississippi

By | October 14, 2022

Interstate 59 in Mississippi

I-59
Begin picayune
End Animals
Length 183 mi
Length 294 km
Route
Interstate 59 in Louisiana1 NASA Space Center

4 Picayune

6 Monticello

10 Union Road

15 McNeil-Steep Hollow Road

19 Savannah-Miller Road

27 Poplarville

29 Poplarville

35 Hillsdale Road

41 Lumberton

51 Purvis

59 Lucedale

Hattiesburg: 60-69

60

65 Hattiesburg

67 Hattiesburg

69 Hattiesburg

73 Sis Hobson Road

76 Terminal Drive

78 Sanford Road

80 Moselle-Seminary Road

85 Seminary

88 Ellisville

90

93 Ellisville Road

Laurel: 93-99

95A 16th Avenue

95B Collins

95C Beacon Street

96A 4th Avenue

96B Richton

97 Waynesboro

99 Ellisville Road

104 Sharon-Sandersville Road

113 Heidelberg

118 County Road 119

126 Rose Hill

134 Enterprise

137 County Road 370

142 Fred Speed Road

149 β†’ Jackson

Meridian: 150-157

150 Meridian Airport

151 Valley Road

152 9th Avenue

153 22nd Avenue

154 Butler

157 Quitman

160 Russell

165 Toomsuba

169 Animals

Interstate 59 in Alabama

Interstate 59 or I -59 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Mississippi. The highway runs from Picayune on the Louisiana border to Kewanee on the Alabama border . En route you pass the towns of Hattiesburg and Meridian. From Meridian to the border, and on to Birmingham, I-59 is double-numbered with Interstate 20. The highway is 294 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-20/59 in Meridian.

The highway crosses the Pearl River at Picayune, Interstate 59 in Louisiana comes from Slidell and New Orleans. US 11 runs parallel to the highway. One passes through slightly wooded area, this part has less dense forests than in the surrounding states. Nevertheless, there is still quite a bit of forest. The first larger town is Hattiesburg, a town of 45,000 inhabitants. Here one intersects US 49, which runs from Gulfport to Jackson, and US 98, which runs from Mobile to Natchez, both 2×2 lane roads. After Hattiesburg you come to Laurel, where US 84is crossed, which also runs to Natchez. Natchez is a regional town in western Mississippi on the Mississippi River. You then pass through a fairly sparsely populated area. One then reaches Meridian, a town with 40,000 inhabitants. Here, I-59 merges with Interstate 20, the highway from Jackson to Birmingham. Both roads are then double numbered as far as Birmingham. About 25 kilometers away, at Kewanee they cross the Alabama border, after which Interstate 59 continues into Alabama.

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History

I-59 in Hattiesburg.

Mostly parallel to US 11, I-59 handles through traffic from New Orleans to Birmingham and Atlanta. Within Mississippi, the highway only serves smaller towns such as Hattiesburg, Laurel and Meridian. The exact opening dates of I-59 are unknown, but the highway was built mainly in the 1960s. The first part opened in Meridian in the late 1950s or 1960s. I-59 was the first highway to be significantly completed in Mississippi, extending in 1968 from the Louisiana border to within 3 miles of the Alabama border. In 1973, the link opened near the Alabama border, completing I-59.

Opening history

The dates below are indicative and based on historical maps.

Van Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 97 Exit 99 3 km ~1960
Exit 150 Exit 157 12 km ~1960
Exit 67 Exit 97 51 km ~1962
Exit 157 Exit 169 19 km ~1964
Exit 29 Exit 67 61 km ~1965
Exit 0 Exit 29 47 km ~1967
Exit 99 Exit 113 23 km ~1967
Exit 113 Exit 150 60 km ~1968
Exit 169 Exit 172 5 km ~1973

Traffic intensities

Some 31,000 vehicles cross the Louisiana border every day, descending to some 17,000 vehicles. At the town of Hattiesburg, a maximum of 44,000 vehicles per day, which drops to 13,000 just before Meridian. At Meridian with the double numbering with the I-20, a maximum of 53,000 vehicles per day, and 23,000 cross the Alabama border daily.

Lane Configuration

Van Unpleasant lanes Comments
Exit 0 Exit 169 2×2

Interstate 69 in Mississippi

I-69
Begin Banks
End Hernando
Length 14 mi
Length 22 km
Route
State Route 304State Route 301

Fogg Road

Tulane Road

β†’ Jackson / Memphis

Interstate 69 or I -69 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Mississippi. I-69 forms a 22-kilometer connection between Tunica and Hernando, south of Memphis.

Travel directions

I-69 begins north of Tunica as the fork of State Route 304, in the Mississippi River valley not far from the Arkansas state border. I-69 has 2×2 lanes and heads east through wooded areas just south of the metropolitan area of ​​the Memphis Region. I-69 ends at Hernando at an interchange with I-55, Interstate 269 continues east as a beltway around Memphis.

History

In 1996, a large casino opened north of Tunica, which at the time was the largest casino in the United States, outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. This was originally accessible via US 61. The section of I-69 in Mississippi was the first new section of the highway to be built south of Indianapolis, construction began as early as 2000, but as is often the case in Mississippi, construction has been slow as only a small amount of funding was made available each year., so that the construction of I-69 was often halted for a longer period of time between the different construction phases. Construction eventually took 6 years and I-69 opened on October 3, 2006.

I-69 was built in anticipation of the construction of the rest of I-69 through southeastern Arkansas and between Memphis and Evansville. The high cost and low importance to the state of Arkansas meant that this was not a priority, so that for a long time I-69 was nothing more than a spur to the casinos at Tunica. The casino closed for good in 2014 and has since been partially demolished. I-69 therefore has hardly any importance.

Future

It is planned that I-69 will eventually form a through connection from the border with Mexico to the border with Canada. The planned route of I-69 in Mississippi leads through the so-called ‘Mississippi Delta’, a region with a clear cultural signature in the southern United States. I-69 is to cross the Mississippi River west of Benoit, following most of the corridor of US 61. I-69 will use the Clarksdale bypass opened in August 2003. The planned stretch of I-69 in Mississippi is approximately 170 kilometers between the bridge over the Mississippi River and the existing section of I-69 north of Tunica. Given the tight finances of the state of Mississippi, construction still seems like a future.

Traffic intensities

About 11,000 vehicles use I-69 every day.

Interstate 69 in Mississippi