Mississippi Highway 304
|Maintained by MDOT|
|Length:||14.404 mi (23.181 km)|
|West end:||US 61 near Lake Cormorant|
| I-69 / MS 713 in Banks
I-55 / I-69 north / I-269 begins near Hernando
|East end:||I-269 at the Tennessee state Line|
Mississippi Highway 304 (MS 304) consists of two routes in northwest Mississippi:
- A freeway-grade route coinciding with most of SIU 10 of Interstate 69, beginning at U.S. Route 61 just north of the Tunica/DeSoto County line, then running east to I-55 in northern Hernando, entirely in DeSoto County.
- A scenic route, which begins at I-55 and MS 306 in Coldwater, runs west to MS 301 in Arkabutla, then north along MS 301 to the former routing of MS 304, then east to Hernando to end at I-55 (exit 280).
MS 304 formerly ran on a two-lane alignment south of the present routing from U.S. 61 in Tunica Resorts (Tunica County) east to Interstate 55 in Hernando. The western portion of the former route is now officially part of MS 713; the remainder of the route (except the portion that is part of the scenic route noted above) no longer has an official state designation, but a number of state highway markers still appear along the route and at intersections.
MS 304 begins at a trumpet interchange with US 61 east of Tunica Resorts in the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The four-lane freeway has a half-diamond interchange with MS 3 that allows access to and from the east. MS 304 crosses over a rail line and has a partial interchange with a stub of I-69 that leads to MS 713 at Banks; the interchange includes a flyover from the westbound direction of the freeway. Immediately to the east of the interchange, MS 304 and I-69 leave the Mississippi River floodplain. The freeway has diamond interchanges with MS 301, Fogg Road, and Tulane Road. MS 304 and I-69 cross another rail line and pass over US 51 with no access just west of the state highway's terminus at I-55 on the northern end of Hernando, where I-69 joins I-55 heading north toward Memphis. The highways meet at a full cloverleaf interchange with the easternmost ramps closed until MS 304 is extended eastward.
||This section needs to be updated. (April 2012)|
East of Hernando, the proposed route of MS 304 coincides with proposed Interstate 269, continuing east to enter Marshall County near Byhalia to intersect U.S. Highway 78 (Old future Interstate 22), then turning north to cross the Mississippi–Tennessee border near Piperton. Tennessee would construct the remainder of the route north to existing TN 385. This portion of the route is currently in the planning stages, with construction expected to begin around 2009. This section opened from I-269s Proposed Northern end to an interchange just south of the MS-TN border in October,
The entire route is in De Soto County. All exits are unnumbered.
|Tunica Resorts||0.000||0.000||US 61 – Tunica, Memphis||Western terminus|
|||MS 3||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|||I-69 / MS 713 south – Tunica||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of concurrency with I-69|
|Hernando||14.404||23.181||I-55 / I-69 north / I-269 east to US 78 / I-22 – Jackson, Southaven, Memphis||Current eastern terminus of western section; future southern terminus of I-269; I-55 exit 283|
|Red Banks Road|
|Byhalia||I-22 east / US 78|
|||I-269 begins / MS 302||Current western terminus of eastern section; current western end of I-269 overlap|
|||I-269 north – Tennessee||Eastern terminus; Tennessee state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi