Interstate 59

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Interstate 59
Route information
Length: 445.23 mi[1] (716.53 km)
Existed: 1960 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-10 / I-12 near Slidell, LA
 

US 98 in Hattiesburg, MS
US 84 in Laurel, MS
I-20 in Meridian, MS
US 82 in Tuscaloosa, AL
I‑65 in Birmingham, AL
I‑20 in Birmingham, AL

US 278 / US 431 in Gadsden, AL
North end: I‑24 in Wildwood, GA
Location
States: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
Counties: LA: St. Tammany
MS: Pearl River, Lamar, Forrest, Jones, Jasper, Clarke, Lauderdale
AL: Sumter, Greene, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, St. Clair, Etowah, DeKalb
GA: Dade
Highway system
SR 405 GA SR 406 SR 407

Interstate 59 (I-59) is an Interstate Highway in the southern United States. Its southern terminus is near Slidell, Louisiana, a northeastern suburb of New Orleans, at its interchange with I-10 and I-12, and its northern terminus is at Wildwood, Georgia, at its interchange with I-24. The highway's major purpose is to connect Chattanooga, Tennessee, and points north, with New Orleans via Birmingham, Alabama. Along its entire route, I-59 is parallel to U.S. Route 11 (US 11). I-59 is a four-lane freeway along its entire route except for some portions north of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and in the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area, where it is several lanes wider.

About a third of the entire route overlaps with Interstate 20 between Birmingham, Alabama and Meridian, Mississippi.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi km
LA 11 18
MS 171.716 276.350
AL 241 388
GA 20.57 33.27
Total 444 715

Louisiana[edit]

At the bottom of I-12's eastbound ramp to LA 59, travelers also find a shield for the unrelated I-59, some 20 miles (32 km) farther east

In the U.S. state of Louisiana, I-59 is shorter than it is in any other state: Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. From south-to-north, I-59 begins at its junction with I-10 and I-12 near Slidell. Then it bypasses Pearl River before crossing the West Pearl River and then the East Pearl River. At the East Pearl River, I-59 leaves St. Tammany Parish and it enters Pearl River County, Mississippi.

Mississippi[edit]

In Mississippi, I-59 continues to run parallel with US 11, traversing mainly rural areas, but going through or bypassing the towns of Picayune, Poplarville, Hattiesburg, Ellisville, Moselle, Laurel, and Meridian.

For its length in Mississippi, I-59 either travels concurrent with, or runs close to, US 11. Between the towns of Pearl River and Picayune, US 11 travels concurrent with I-59. The highway also has concurrencies with US 98 in Hattiesburg; US 84 and Mississippi Highway 15 (MS 15) in Laurel, and US 80, US 11, and MS 19 in the Meridian area.

A notoriously sharp S-curve, at milepost 96 in Laurel, was the subject of a large reconstruction project. Those sharp curves were the legacy of an overpass over the Southern Railway on a town bypass with design dating from before the Interstate Highways, and they featured a 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit, one of the lowest anywhere on the Interstate Highway System. This work was completed in 2009.

A stretch of I-59 in Mississippi

Just west of Meridian, I-20 joins I-59 and these two highways continue together for 145 miles (233 km), across the border with Alabama to and through Birmingham. The exit numbers are given as those of I-59.

At 4:00 p.m. on August 27, 2005, for the first time in its history, the southbound lanes of I-59 were temporarily redirected northward to accommodate evacuation for Hurricane Katrina. This was a previously agreed to joint plan by the states of Mississippi and Louisiana called contraflow lane reversal. The program began at the Louisiana–Mississippi state line and continued 21 miles (34 km) north to Poplarville.

Alabama[edit]

I-59 (co-signed with I-20) approaching I-65 in downtown Birmingham

I-59 and I-20 travel together for about 40 percent of their route through Alabama, passing northeast through Tuscaloosa before finally parting ways in eastern Birmingham.

In Birmingham, many wrecks and accidents occur near the cross-over interchange of I-20/I-59 and I-65(commonly called "Malfunction Junction".) On two occasions, 18-wheelers crashed and burned fiercely enough to melt the support beams of overpasses. Beginning in eastern Birmingham, I-59 continues on its own northeast, passing by Gadsden and Fort Payne in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, before entering Georgia.

I-59 from Gadsden at mile marker 182 to Stephen's Gap at mile marker 193 had degraded over the decades since it was opened into a rough concrete highway. Between 2010 and 2014, a construction project called "Project 59" took place between Gadsden and Fort Payne. This project consisted of reconstructing the Interstate Highway with unbonded concrete (without any space cracks) as well as modifications to the width and vertical clearance of the bridges and overpasses in the segment.

Georgia[edit]

I-59 has a short trek through Georgia, with only three exits before ending at I-24 several miles west of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Wildwood, Georgia. During this stretch, the highway is also designated as Georgia State Route 406 for internal Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) purposes.[2]

Exit list[edit]

State County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Louisiana St. Tammany Slidell 1A I-12 west – Hammond Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1B I-10 east – Bay St. Louis Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1C I-10 west – New Orleans Southbound exit and northbound entrance
3 US 11 south / LA 1090 south – Pearl River South end of US 11 concurrency
Pearl River 5A LA 3081 – Pearl River
5B Honey Island Swamp
11 Pearl River Turnaround
Pearl River Louisiana–Mississippi state line
Mississippi Pearl River 1 US 11 north / MS 607 south – Nicholson, NASA John C. Stennis Space Center North end of US 11 concurrency
Picayune 4 MS 43 south – Picayune, Kiln South end of MS 43 concurrency
6 MS 43 north – North Picayune North end of MS 43 concurrency
10 Carriere
15 McNeill
19 Millard
27 MS 53 – Necaise, Poplarville
29 MS 26 – Poplarville, Wiggins
35 Hillsdale Road
Lumberton 41 MS 13 – Lumberton
Lamar Purvis 51 MS 589 – Purvis
Forrest 59 US 98 east – Lucedale, Mobile South end of US 98 concurrency
61 98 60 US 11 – South Hattiesburg, Downtown Hattiesburg
Lamar Hattiesburg 65 105 65 US 98 west (MS 198 east) / Hardy Street – Columbia North end of US 98 concurrency; signed as exits 65A (MS 198) and 65B (US 98) northbound
Forrest 67 US 49 / MS 42 west – Hattiesburg, Jackson South end of MS 42 concurrency; signed as exits 67A (south) and 67B (north)
69 MS 42 east (Evelyn Gandy Parkway) – Petal North end of MS 42 concurrency
73 Monroe Road
Jones 76 Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport
78 Sanford Road
80 Moselle
85 MS 590 – Ellisville
Ellisville 88 MS 29 / MS 588 – Ellisville
90 US 11 (Ellisville Boulevard)
Laurel 93 US 11 – South Laurel
95 US 84 west / MS 15 north (16th Avenue) South end of US 84/MS 15 concurrency; signed as exits 95A (south) and 95B (north)
95C Beacon Street Laurel S-curve southbound
96A 4th Avenue, Masonite Road
96B MS 15 south (Cook Avenue) – Richton North end of MS 15 concurrency
97 US 84 east (Chantilly Street) – Waynesboro North end of US 84 concurrency
99 US 11
104 Sandersville
Jasper 113 MS 528 – Heidelberg, Bay Springs
118 Vossburg, Paulding
Clarke 126 MS 18 – Rose Hill, Pachuta
134 MS 513 – South Enterprise, Rose Hill
137 North Enterprise
Lauderdale 142 Savoy
149 I-20 west / US 80 west – Jackson South end of I-20/US 80 concurrency
Meridian 150 US 11 south / MS 19 north – Philadelphia, Meridian Airport South end of US 11/MS 19 concurrency
151 Valley Road, 49th Avenue
152 29th Avenue
153 MS 145 south (22nd Avenue) – Quitman
154 US 11 north / US 80 east / MS 19 south / MS 39 north – De Kalb, Butler North end of US 11/US 80/MS 19 concurrency; signed as exits 154A (south) and 154B (north) northbound
156 Jimmie Rodgers Pkwy
157 US 45 – Quitman, Macon Signed as exits 157A (south) and 157B (north)
160 Russell
165 Toomsuba
169 US 11 / US 80 – Kewanee
  Mississippi–Alabama state line
Alabama Sumter 1 To US 80 east – Cuba, Demopolis
8 SR 17 – York
17 SR 28 – Livingston, Boyd
23 CR 20 – Gainesville, Epes
Greene 32 Boligee
40 SR 14 – Aliceville, Eutaw
45 Union
52 US 11 / US 43 – Knoxville
Tuscaloosa 62 SR 300 – Fosters
Tuscaloosa 68 Northport Tuscaloosa Western Bypass
71 I‑359 north / SR 69 – Tuscaloosa, Moundville Signed as exts 71A (south) and 71B (north)
73 US 82 (McFarland Boulevard)
76 US 11 – Cottondale, East Tuscaloosa
77 Cottondale
79 US 11 – Coaling, Cottondale
86 Brookwood, Vance
89 Mercedes Drive
97 US 11 south / SR 5 south – West Blocton, Centreville South end of US 11/SR 5 concurrency
100 Abernant, Bucksville Unsigned eastern terminus for AL-216
Jefferson 104 Rock Mountain Lake McAshan Drive
106 I‑459 north – Gadsden, Montgomery, Atlanta Southern terminus of I-459
Bessemer 108 US 11 north / SR 5 north (Academy Drive) North end of US 11/SR 5 concurrency
110 Alabama Adventure Parkway
112 18th Street, 19th Street
113 18th Avenue
115 Allison–Bonnet Memorial Drive, Jaybird Road
Fairfield 118 Valley Road – Fairfield
Birmingham 119 Lloyd Nolan Parkway Signed as exit 119A southbound
119B Avenue I Southbound exit and northbound entrance
120 SR 269 (20th Street) / Ensley Avenue
121 Bush Boulevard Southbound exit and northbound entrance
123 US 78 (Arkadelphia Road) – Jasper
124 I‑65 – Montgomery, Huntsville Signed as exits 124A (south) and 124B (north)
125A 17th Street – Downtown Birmingham Northbound exit and southbound entrance
125B 22nd Street – Downtown Birmingham Signed as exit 125 southbound
126A US 31 (11th Avenue North) / US 280 east / Carraway Boulevard – Civic Center Western terminus of US 280
126B 31st Street North
128 SR 79 (Tallapoosa Street)
129 Airport Boulevard
130 I‑20 east – Atlanta North end of I-20 concurrency
131 Oporto–Madrid Boulevard Northbound exit and southbound entrance
132 US 11 (1st Avenue North) No access from I-59 north to US 11 south, from US 11 south to I-59 north, or from US 11 north to I-59 south
133 4th Avenue South Northbound exit and southbound entrance
134 To SR 75 (Roebuck Parkway) – Center Point
Trussville 137 I‑459 south – Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta Northern terminus of I-459
141 Trussville, Pinson
143 Deerfoot Parkway, Mount Olive Church Road
147 I‑422 south Proposed interchange
148 To US 11 – Argo
Saint Clair 154 SR 174 – Odenville, Springville
156 SR 23 – Springville, Ashville, St Clair Springs
166 US 231 – Ashville, Oneonta
174 Steele
Etowah Attalla 181 SR 77 – Attalla, Rainbow City
Attalla 182 I‑759 east – Gadsden Western terminus of I-759
183 US 278 / US 431 – Attalla, Gadsden
Gadsden 188 SR 211 to US 11 – Noccalula Falls Park
DeKalb 205 SR 68 – Collinsville, Crossville
218 SR 35 – Fort Payne, Rainsville
222 US 11 – Fort Payne
224 49th Street
231 SR 40 / SR 117 – Valley Head, Hammondville
239 To US 11 / Sulphur Springs Road
  Alabama–Georgia state line
Georgia Dade 4 Rising Fawn Old exit 1
Trenton 11 SR 136 – Trenton Old exit 2
17 Slygo Road – New England Old exit 3
I‑24 – Nashville, Chattanooga Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Highway Administration (October 31, 2002). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate & Defense Highways". Route Log and Finder List. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. 
  2. ^ Office of Transportation Data (2003). "Interstate Mileage Report (438 Report)" (PDF). Georgia Department of Transportation. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google