List of numbered highways in Mississippi
Standard route shields
|Interstates:||Interstate X (I-X)|
|US Routes:||U.S. Route X (US X)|
|State:||Mississippi Highway X (MS X)|
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for the establishment and classification of a system of state-maintained highways, which includes interstate highways, U.S. highways, and state highways.
In 1928, Mississippi Governor Theodore G. Bilbo appointed Horace Stansel head of a committee to investigate the state's highway needs. Stansel submitted an act to create a state highway system to the state legislature in 1930. Since then, Mississippi has gradually expanded its highway system.
Until 1987, there were but two major four-lane highways in Mississippi, not counting the interstates, which were built during the 1960s and 1970s: US 49 from Yazoo City to Gulfport and US 82 between Greenville and Winona. Things changed when the state legislature launched the $1.3 billion Four Lane Highway Program of 1987. This program gradually allowed for the funding of over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of four-lane highway statewide. In 2002, the Four Lane Highway Program was expanded in what was known as Vision 21.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation was not created until 1992; this organization consolidated several services that already existed.
- The Passage of the 1987 Highway Program. Jere Nash and Andy Taggart, Daily Journal. December 19, 2006. Last accessed December 29, 2006.