Mississippi State Highway System
|Mississippi Highway System|
Standard route shields for Interstate, U.S. Highways, and state highways, respectively
|Length:||11,164.467 mi (17,967.468 km)|
|Interstates:||Interstate X (I-X)|
|US Highways:||U.S. Route X (US X)|
|State:||Mississippi Highway X (MS X)|
There are nine interstate highways within the state of Mississippi. This includes six primary interstates and three auxiliary interstates. The longest interstate is I-55, and the shortest interstate is I-269.
State highways in Mississippi have different numbering schemes. The primary highways that are numbered from 1-76, and most three-digit numbered routes are numbered by region (300s in the northernmost part of the state, 600 in the southernmost). Three-digit numbered routes from 700s to 900s are usually short connectors and spurs.
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. 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.
- Mississippi Department of Transportation Planning Division (December 31, 2015). Mississippi Public Roads Selected Statistics Extent, Travel, and Designation (PDF) (Report). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- Nash, Jere & Taggart, Andy (December 19, 2006). "The Passage of the 1987 Highway Program". Daily Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2006.