Interstate 20 in Mississippi

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Interstate 20
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 154.5 mi[1] (248.6 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-20 at the Mississippi River/Louisiana line at Vicksburg
  US 61 in Vicksburg
I-220 / US 49 in Jackson
I-55 in Jackson and Richland
US 49 in Richland
I-59 near Meridian
East end: I-20 at the Alabama line
Highway system
MS 19 MS 21

Interstate 20 is a major thoroughfare through central Mississippi, connecting the area with major metropolitan areas, including Dallas, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 20 traverses the central region of Mississippi, running 154.5 miles from the Mississippi River at Vicksburg eastward, through Jackson, to the Alabama state line about 15 miles (24 km) east of Meridian. Interstate 20 tends to be more winding and narrow through Mississippi than through other states, and the roadway features several extended segments where opposing traffic is not visible due to trees and other vegetation within the unusually wide median.

Between Edwards and Clinton, I-20 uses the original U.S. 80 alignment, except for a short bypass around Bolton.

In Jackson, I-20 briefly merges with Interstate 55 before separating just east of the Pearl River. The old directional interchange at I-55 North and cloverleaf at U.S. Highway 49 South have been combined / replaced with a new interchange which features both loop and/or flyover ramps, plus several C/D lanes providing direct connections for the most heavily traveled routes.

Just west of Meridian, Interstate 59 joins I-20, and the two highways run concurrently through the city and on to Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout the Mississippi portion of this concurrency, I-59's mileage takes over I-20's.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently announced plans to reconstruct I-20 through Vicksburg. The project includes the replacement and/or enhancement of all interchanges, additional lanes throughout the city and a new bridge to close a decades-old break in the south frontage road. Environmental studies are ongoing.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Exit Destinations Notes
Mississippi River Vicksburg Bridge
Warren Vicksburg 1A Washington Street, Warrenton Road
1B US 61 south – Natchez West end of US 61 overlap
1C Halls Ferry Road
3 Indiana Avenue
4 Clay Street – Vicksburg National Military Park, Downtown Vicksburg Signed as exits 4A (east) and 4B (west); westbound exit to Clay Street east is via exit 5B
5A US 61 north – Rolling Fork, Yazoo City East end of US 61 overlap
5B MS 27 south – Utica
11 Bovina
15 Flowers
Hinds 19 MS 22 – Flora, Edwards
Bolton 27 Bolton
31 Norrell Road
Clinton 34 Natchez Trace Parkway
35 US 80 east / Clinton-Raymond Road East end of US 80 overlap
36 Springridge Road
Jackson 40 MS 18 west / Robinson Road – Raymond Signed as exits 40A (west) and 40B (east) westbound
41 I-220 / US 49 north – North Jackson, Yazoo City West end of US 49 overlap
42 Ellis Avenue Signed as exits 42A (south) and 42B (north)
43 Terry Road Signed as exits 43A (south) and 43B (north)
44 I-55 south / US 51 south / McDowell Road – McComb, New Orleans West end of I-55 overlap
45A Gallatin Street Eastbound exit is part of exit 45
45B US 51 north (State Street) Signed as exit 45 eastbound
Rankin Richland 46 I-55 north – Grenada, North Jackson, Memphis East end of I-55 overlap
47 US 49 south – Hattiesburg, Flowood East end of US 49 overlap; signed as exits 47A (south) and 47B (north) eastbound
Pearl 48 MS 468 – Pearl
52 MS 475 – Jackson-Evers International Airport
Brandon 54 Crossgates Boulevard, Greenfield Road Former MS 18
56 US 80 – Downtown Brandon
59 US 80 – East Brandon
Pelahatchie 63 MS 43 – Puckett, Pelahatchie
Scott 77 MS 13 – Puckett, Morton
80 MS 481 – Raleigh, Morton
Forest 88 MS 35 – Raleigh, Forest
96 Lake
Newton 100 US 80 – Lake, Lawrence
Newton 109 MS 15 – Newton, Philadelphia
115 MS 503 – Hickory, Decatur
121 Chunky
Lauderdale 129 US 80 west – Lost Gap, Meehan Junction West end of US 80 overlap
130 I-59 south – Laurel, New Orleans West end of I-59 overlap; no exit number westbound
Meridian 150 US 11 south / MS 19 north – Meridian Airport, Philadelphia West end of US 11/MS 19 overlap
151 Valley Road, 49th Avenue
152 29th Avenue
153 MS 145 south / 22nd Avenue – Quitman
154 MS 19 south / MS 39 north (US 11 north / US 80 east) – Butler, De Kalb East end of US 11/US 80/MS 19 overlap; signed as exits 154A (south) and 154B (north) eastbound
157 US 45 – Quitman, Macon Signed as exits 157A (south) and 157B (north)
160 Russell
165 Toomsuba
169 Kewanee (US 11 / US 80)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mississippi Public Roads. Selected Statistics. Extent, Travel, and Designation". Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 

External links[edit]

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Interstate 20
Previous state:
Louisiana
Mississippi Next state:
Alabama