List of state highways in Mississippi

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Interstates: Interstate X (I-X)
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State: Mississippi Highway X (MS X)
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State highways in Mississippi are maintained by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The state numbers its highways in a grid-like pattern, much like the U.S. Route numbering scheme. One and two-digit routes are primary highways.

Odd-numbered routes run north-south and start from MS 1, which runs along the Mississippi River, to MS 25, which runs near the Alabama border. In addition to routes 1 through 25, routes 27 through 41 repeat this pattern over the first several routes, still increasing in number from west to east, and routes 43 and higher generally run in the southern part of the state.

Even-numbered routes run east-west; these start from MS 2, which runs near the Tennessee state line, and continue to MS 26, which runs in the southern part of the state. With the exception of MS 28, the next several even routes are aligned over routes 2 through 26 in a similar fashion.

Exceptions to the numbering scheme[edit]

There are several state highways that are out of place; they do not fit the numbering scheme:

  • MS 22 runs between MS 16 and MS 18.
  • MS 23 runs east of MS 25.
  • MS 27 runs between MS 33 and MS 35.
  • MS 28 runs between MS 18 and MS 24, but it was MS 20 before I-20 was built.
  • MS 29 runs between MS 37 and MS 39.
  • MS 46 runs between MS 32 and MS 42.
  • MS 50 runs between MS 32 and MS 42, but it was MS 10 before I-10 was built (this fit into the grid, between MS 8 and MS 12).
  • MS 67 runs between MS 53 and MS 57, but it was MS 55 before I-55 was built.
  • MS 76 was the number given to the Pontotoc bypass in place of MS 6; this may be the number for the entire Corridor V of the Appalachian Development Highway System The bypass was recently renamed MS 6/US 278 after the completion of the corridor portion that reconnects west of Tupelo.

Three-digit highways[edit]

Three-digit highways are organized by their first digit. Routes beginning with a 1 are aborted alignments of U.S. Routes; these include highways 145, 149, 161, 172, 178, 182, 184, and 198. These highways are scattered over their "parent" routes, and have segments beginning and ending in several cities. The exception is MS 178, which covers almost all of the old road (US 78 was relocated onto a new freeway alignment throughout the entire state). U.S. Routes 11, 51, 65, 80, 90, and 278 do not have corresponding state highways, but most of them have at least one aborted alignment.

Highway 245 in Okolona and Crawford is the only three-digit Mississippi Highway to begin with a 2. This is because it is the old alignment of Alternate US 45.

Mississippi highways 301 through 614 are secondary highways that are generally shorter than one- and two-digit highways. These routes are organized so that the 300's run in the northern part of the state, the 400's run in the north-central section, the 500's run in the south-central section, and the 600's run in the most southern section. These routes are numbered just like other state highways, with odd routes running north-south and even routes running east-west. They also generally increase from the east / north to the west / south within their respective areas.

The state of Mississippi also maintains a system of mostly unsigned state highways, legislatively numbered ranging from 701 to 994.

Finally, Mississippi has several scenic highways that run near the state's lakes. These include Scenic Routes 32, 304, 315, and 333. They are signed with a blue shield and run loops connecting to the state's normal highways of the same number. For example, Scenic Route 304 runs from I-55 in Hernando along MS 304 west to MS 301, turning south to loop around Arkabutla Lake and connect to MS 306 and I-55 in Coldwater.

List of numbered Mississippi state highways[edit]

Each of the numbered Mississippi state highways are listed below with their termini.

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