Mississippi State Highway System

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Interstates: Interstate X (I-X)
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The Mississippi State Highway System is a network of roads that are maintained by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). This network includes Interstate, U.S., and state highways.

History[edit]

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: U.S. Highway 49 (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.[1] 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.

MDOT was not created until 1992; this organization consolidated several services that already existed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nash, Jere & Taggart, Andy (December 19, 2006). "The Passage of the 1987 Highway Program". Daily Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2006.