Mississippi Highway 2

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MS Highway 2
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 40.637 mi[1] (65.399 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Western segment
Length: 10.20 mi[2] (16.42 km)
West end: MS 5 in Hickory Flat
East end: MS 15 / MS 368 in Blue Mountain
Central segment
Length: 26.10 mi[3] (42.00 km)
West end: MS 4 near Ripley
East end: US 72 in Corinth
Eastern segment
Length: 4.50 mi[4] (7.24 km)
West end: US 45 in Corinth
East end: SR 22 near Corinth
Location
Counties: Benton, Tippah, Alcorn
Highway system
MS 1 MS 3

Mississippi Highway 2 (MS 2) is a designation for three highways in northern Mississippi. The westernmost segment starts at MS 5 in Hickory Flat, and ends at MS 15 and MS 368 in Blue Mountain. The central segment begins at MS 4 east of Ripley, and terminates at U.S. Route 72 (US 72) west of Corinth. The easternmost segment starts at US 45 in Corinth, and ends at the Tennessee state line. The road continues as Tennessee State Route 22 (TN 22). The first and easternmost segment was designated in 1932. The easternmost segment was added to MS 2 in 1956, and the central segment was added in 1958.

Route description[edit]

The three sections of MS 2 are located in Benton, Tippah, and Alcorn counties.[5] No parts of MS 2 are in the National Highway System (NHS), a network of highways identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[6] MS 2 is legally defined in Mississippi Code § 65-3-3.[7]

Western segment[edit]

The segment is located over southern Benton County and western Tippah County. In 2012, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) calculated as many as 2,400 vehicles traveling west of MS 15 and MS 368, and as few as 1,100 vehicles traveling west of the eastern boundary of the Holly Springs National Forest.[8] The route starts at MS 5, inside the national forest. MS 2 travels eastward, leaving Hickory Flat on Bankhead Highway. Near 1 mile (1.6 km) later, MS 2 turns north, leaving Bankhead Highway. The road slowly climbs uphill, as it goes through the large forest. The two-lane road also intersects a few driveways to residences. Later, the road intersects Chili Creek Road, which leads deeper into the forest and back to MS 5. East of Flat Rock Road, MS 2 leaves the national forest boundary. The road also enters into Tippah County.[2][3][9] The route continues the bend north and south, until it reaches CR 821, where it straightens out. MS 2 continues to travel east and enters the town of Blue Mountain. Near the eastern terminus, the road dips slightly to the south and becomes West Palmer Street. MS 2 ends at MS 15 and MS 368. The road continues east as MS 368.[2][10]

Central segment[edit]

In 2012, MDOT calculated as many as 3,800 vehicles traveling north of Airport Road, and as few as 1,400 vehicles traveling from CR 253 to Union Church Road.[8] The central segment starts at MS 4, just outside of Ripley. The route travels northeast through large sections of forests, and intersects MS 773. MS 2 then dips slightly southward at CR 523 and soon crosses the Little Hatchie River. The road turns northeastward again at CR 540, passing by small hills and houses. MS 2 later travels along the Tippah–Alcorn County line briefly, before entering Alcorn County.[3][10] The road then crosses over the Hatchie River east of CR 561. At Union Church Road, MS 2 turns northward for about one mi (1.6 km), before turning east again at CR 620. MS 2 soon enters the town of Kossuth as Main Street. It goes through the town, and begins traveling northeast at CR 510. The road goes in a straight line, going through farmland and small driveways. Southwest of Corinth, the route intersects CR 613, a short road to Roscoe Turner Airport. MS 2 crosses the Tuscumbia River and turns slightly eastward. The road enters the outskirts of Corinth, and ends at US 72.[3][11]

Eastern segment[edit]

All of the section is located inside Alcorn County. In 2012, MDOT calculated as many as 5,900 vehicles traveling east of North Shiloh Road, and as few as 2,000 vehicles traveling south of the Mississippi–Tennessee state border.[8] MS 2 starts at US 45 in northwestern Corinth, at a diamond interchange. The route begins traveling east, and soon intersects MS 145, US 45's old alignment. MS 2 continues through a mostly rural area, with a combination of farmland and forests. After intersecting North Shiloh Road, the road leaves Corinth and continues traveling east. About 0.5 miles (0.80 km) later, MS 2 turns north at the western terminus of MS 350. MS 2 ends at State Line Road on the state border. The road continues north as TN 22 into Tennessee.[4][11]

History[edit]

MS 2 was designated around 1932, from US 45 in Corinth to the state line. The alignment was upgraded from a gravel road to a paved road during that time.[12][13] A few years later, in 1955, a partially paved, new road was built from US 72 to MS 4.[14][15] One year later, a road connecting from Hickory Flat to Blue Mountain was designated as part of MS 2. A majority of the road was paved in gravel.[15][16] In 1958, the road from MS 4 and US 72 became part of MS 2. Only the section in Alcorn County was paved, the one in Tippah County was paved in gravel.[17][18] The easternmost section of MS 2 was rerouted in 1964, with the western terminus moved to US 45.[19][20] All of the route was paved in Benton County by 1965.[20][21] In 1971, the westernmost section of MS 2 became fully paved.[22][23] All sections of the route were paved by 1977.[24][25] No significant changes have been made to the route since.[25][5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2][3][4] km Destinations Notes
Benton   0.0 0.0 MS 5 to US 78 – Hickory Flat, Ashland
Tippah Blue Mountain 10.2 16.4 MS 15 to MS 368 – Ripley, New Albany
Gap in route
Tippah   0.0 0.0 MS 4 – Booneville, Ripley
  0.9 1.4 MS 773 north
Alcorn Corinth 26.1 42.0 US 72 west – Walnut, Memphis, Airport west end of US 72 overlap
US 72 east / US 45 south – Iuka, Tupelo interchange; east end of US 72 overlap; west end of US 45 overlap
Wenasoga Road interchange
US 45 north / Henson Road – Selmer, TN, Jackson, TN interchange; east end of US 45 overlap
MS 145 – Jackson, TN, Corinth, Corinth Museum, Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center
  MS 350 east
  SR 22 north – Shiloh Battlefield, Pickwick Dam Tennessee state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing

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  4. ^ a b c Microsoft; Nokia (July 10, 2014). "Mississippi Highway 2 eastern segment". Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Official Highway Map of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi Department of Transportation. Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ National Highway System: Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. November 2003. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mississippi Code Of 1972 As Amended - SEC. 65-3-3. State highways designated.". Mississippi Legislature. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "MDOT Traffic Count Application". Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Benton County, Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi Department of Transportation. Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Tippah County, Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi Department of Transportation. Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Alcorn County, Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi Department of Transportation. Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  12. ^ Condition Map of State Highway System (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1928. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Road Map of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1932. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1953. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1955. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1956. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1957. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1958. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  19. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1963. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1964. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  21. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Commission. Mississippi State Highway Commission. 1965. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1970. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ Official Road Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1971. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  24. ^ Official Highway Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1976. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b Official Highway Map of State of Mississippi (Map). Cartography by Mississippi State Highway Department. Mississippi State Highway Department. 1977. Retrieved July 10, 2014.