Interstate 55 in Missouri

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Interstate 55 (Missouri))
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the section of Interstate 55 in Missouri. For the entire route, see Interstate 55.

Interstate 55 marker

Interstate 55
Route information
Maintained by Missouri DOT
Length: 210.45 mi[1] (338.69 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-55 at Arkansas state line
  I-155 / US 412 near Hayti
I-57 / US 60 in Miner
US 62 in Sikeston
I-255 / I-270 in Mehlville
US 50 / US 61 / US 67 in Mehlville
I-44 in St. Louis
I-64 / US 40 in St. Louis
North end: I-55 / I-64 / US 40 / I-44 in St. Louis
Highway system
US 54 US 56

In the U.S. state of Missouri, Interstate 55 runs from the Arkansas state line to the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 55 enters Missouri at the Arkansas border near Cooter. It runs northward through mostly flat land in the Bootheel, where it has an interchange with U.S. Route 412 and Interstate 155. The highway continues over bumpy land through or near the towns of Hayti, Portageville, and New Madrid before reaching an interchange with U.S. Route 60 and Interstate 57 just south of Sikeston. The next interchange, U.S. Route 62, provides access into the city of Sikeston and one of its most popular attractions, Lambert's Cafe, the "Home of the Throwed Rolls".

North of Sikeston, I-55 begins to traverse rolling terrain on its way to Cape Girardeau. Exit 95, Route 74 east, provides direct access to the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into southern Illinois. The heart of the city of Cape Girardeau as well as Southeast Missouri State University can be reached by taking either Exit 96 or Exit 99.

I-55 then goes through rural areas again as it makes a north-northwesterly run through the towns of Perryville and Ste. Genevieve before entering the southern reaches of the St. Louis metro area at the interchange with U.S. Route 67 and the Twin Cities of Festus and Crystal City. U.S. Route 61 and 67 run concurrently immediately east of I-55 nearly due north through the Jefferson County towns of Herculaneum, Pevely (where the interstate expands from 4 lanes to 6), Barnhart (and then to 8), Imperial, and finally Arnold before crossing the Meramec River into St. Louis County.

From Richardson Road in Arnold to I-270, I-55 is 10 lanes wide. The interstate narrows back down to 8 lanes past I-270, through southern St. Louis County, and into the city of St. Louis. In the last few miles of I-55 in the state of Missouri, there is an interchange/brief overlap with Interstate 44 before reaching the Poplar Street Bridge crossing into Illinois.

History[edit]

Sponsorship controversy[edit]

The white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan began fighting several court battles with the state of Missouri after the state disputed its right to sponsor a stretch of freeway in Saint Louis County and Jefferson County, near St. Louis. In March 2001, after a U.S. District Court judge found that blocking the Klan's sponsorship was unconstitutional, the Court of Appeals ruled that the state must erect signs announcing the group's sponsorship. However, the Missouri Legislature later voted to rename the stretch of I-55 the "Rosa Parks Freeway" in honor of the Montgomery civil rights hero who began the Montgomery bus boycott. When asked how she felt about this honor, she is reported to have commented, "It is always nice to be thought of."[2] The Klan were eventually dropped from the scheme on April 4, 2001, on the grounds that for the duration of their sponsorship, they had not once cleaned the freeway.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
Pemiscot 0.000 0.000 I-55 south – Memphis Continuation into Arkansas
1.132 1.822 1 Route O to US 61 – Holland
4.487 7.221 4 Route E – Cooter, Holland
7.977 12.838 8 US 61 south / Route 164 – Steele Southern end of US 61 overlap
14.483 23.308 14 Route U / Route H / Route J – Caruthersville, Braggadocio
17.644 28.395 17 I-155 east / US 412 – Caruthersville, Dyersburg, Hayti, Kennett Signed as exits 17A (east) and 17B (west); I-155/US 412 exits 1A-B
Hayti 19.074 30.697 19 Route 84 – Hayti, Caruthersville
27.607 44.429 27 Route K / Route A / Route BB – Wardell
New Madrid Portageville 32.905 52.955 32 US 61 north / Route 162 – Portageville Northern end of US 61 overlap
Marston 40.984 65.957 40 Route EE (St. Jude Road) – Marston
New Madrid 44.913 72.280 44 Business Loop I-55 north / US 61 / US 62 – New Madrid, Howardville
49.637 79.883 49 Business Loop I-55 south / US 61 / US 62 – New Madrid, Kewanee
52.165 83.951 52 Route P – Kewanee
58.221 93.698 58 Route 80 – Matthews, East Prairie
Scott Sikeston 66.177 106.502 66 I-57 north / US 60 – Dexter, Poplar Bluff, Chicago Signed as exits 66A (north/east) and 66B (west); I-57/US 60 exits 1A-B
67.486 108.608 67 US 62 – Sikeston, Bertrand
69.379 111.655 69 Route HH – Miner, Sikeston
80.956 130.286 80 Route 77 – Benton, Diehlstadt
Scott City 89.717 144.386 89 US 61 south / Route M / Route K – Scott City, Chaffee Southern end of US 61 overlap
91.811 147.755 91 Route AB – Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau 93.504 150.480 93 Business Loop I-55 north / US 61 north / Route 74 west – Dutchtown, Cape Girardeau Northern end of US 61 overlap; southern end of Route 74 overlap; signed as exits 93A (west) and 93B (north) northbound
95.245 153.282 95 Route 74 east to IL 146 – Cape Girardeau Northern end of Route 74 overlap
96.463 155.242 96 Route K – Cape Girardeau, Gordonville
99.859 160.707 99 Business Loop I-55 / US 61 / Route 34 – Cape Girardeau, Jackson
102.304 164.642 102 East Main Street, LaSalle Avenue
105.758 170.201 105 Business Loop I-55 south / US 61 – Fruitland, Jackson
111.292 179.107 111 Route E – Oak Ridge
118.049 189.981 117 Route KK – Old Appleton
Perry 124.037 199.618 123 Route B – Biehle
Perryville 129.869 209.004 129 Route 51 – Perryville
135.589 218.209 135 Route M – Brewer
Ste. Genevieve 141.212 227.259 141 Route Z – St. Mary
143.816 231.449 143 Route N / Route J / Route M – Ozora
150.411 242.063 150 Route 32 / Route B / Route A – Ste. Genevieve, Farmington
154.984 249.423 154 Route O – Ste. Genevieve, Rocky Ridge
157.785 253.930 157 Route Y – Bloomsdale
162.123 260.912 162 Route DD / Route OO
Jefferson 165.263 265.965 165 Route TT
171.087 275.338 170 US 61
Crystal City 174.470 280.782 174 Business Loop I-55 north / US 67 to US 61 – Crystal City, Farmington, Bonne Terre Signed as exits 174A (north) and 174B (south)
Festus 175.843 282.992 175 Route A – Hillsboro, Festus
Herculaneum 178.742 287.657 178 Business Loop I-55 south (McNutt Street) – Herculaneum
Pevely 180.957 291.222 180 Route Z – Pevely
Barnhart 185.272 298.166 185 Route M – Barnhart, Antonia
Imperial 186.892 300.774 186 Imperial Main Street
Arnold 190.188 306.078 190 Richardson Road Signed as Richardson Road/Vogel Road southbound
192.087 309.134 191 Route 141 – Arnold, Fenton
St. Louis 193.475 311.368 193 Meramec Bottom Road
195.409 314.480 195 Butler Hill Road
196.947 316.955 196 I-255 east / I-270 west – Chicago, Kansas City I-255/270 exits 1A-B.
197.519 317.876 197 US 61 / US 67 / US 50 (Lindbergh Boulevard) Southbound exit via exit 196
199.583 321.198 199 Reavis Barracks Road
200.309 322.366 200 Union Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
201.122 323.674 201A Bayless Avenue
City of St. Louis 201.761 324.703 201B Weber Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance
202.229 325.456 202A Carondelet Boulevard, River City Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
202.305 325.578 202B Germania Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
202.990 326.681 202C Loughborough Avenue
203.877 328.108 203 Virginia Avenue, Bates Street
204.894 329.745 204 4500 South Broadway
205.526 330.762 205 Gasconade Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
206.346 332.082 206A Potomac Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
206.597 332.486 206B 3200 South Broadway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
206.952 333.057 206C Arsenal Street
207.803 334.427 207A Historic US 66 (Gravois Avenue) / Route 30 Northbound exit and southbound entrance; MO 30 unsigned
207.836 334.480 207 Truman Parkway Northbound exit and southbound entrance
207.982 334.715 207B I-44 west – Tulsa Signed as exit 207 southbound; southern end of I-44 overlap
208.040 334.808 290 Historic US 66 (Gravois Avenue) / Route 30, 12th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance; MO 30 unsigned
208.614 335.732 208 Park Avenue, 7th Street
209.315 336.860 40C I-64 west / US 40 west – St. Louis Southern end of I-64 / US 40 overlaps; southbound exit and northbound entrance
209.190 336.659 291A I-44 west to I-70 west – Kansas City Southbound signed as exit 40B
Mississippi River 209.689 337.462 Poplar Street Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line
St. Clair East St. Louis I-55 north / I-64 east / US 40 east to I-70 east – Illinois Continuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

  • I-155: A spur running from I-55 in Hayti, MO to US-51 in Dyersburg, TN; overlaps with U.S. Route 412 for its entire length. Eight miles of this highway will be absorbed into the newly extended Interstate 69 in the future.
  • I-255: The eastern third of the beltway around the St. Louis Metro Area (with I-270 forming the remaining two-thirds)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System - table 1". Federal Highway Administration. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  2. ^ Scruggs, Yvonne (2003-02-04). "Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks!". Women's eNews. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. ^ Missouri Department of Transportation (September 6, 2016). Flex Map Viewer (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata


Interstate 55
Previous state:
Arkansas
Missouri Next state:
Illinois