Mississippi Highway 6

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Mississippi Highway 6 marker

Mississippi Highway 6
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 25.295 mi[1] (40.708 km)
Major junctions
West end: MS 161 in Clarksdale
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I-69 / US 49 / US 61 / US 278 in Clarksdale
US 51 in Batesville
I-55 in Batesville
US 45 / US 278 in Tupelo
US 45 / US 278 in Nettleton
East end: US 278 in Amory
Counties: Coahoma, Quitman, Panola, Lafayette, Pontotoc, Lee, Monroe
Highway system
MS 5 MS 7

Mississippi Highway 6 runs east–west from MS 161 in Lyon, east to MS 25 near Amory. It travels approximately 136 miles (219 km), serving Coahoma, Quitman, Panola, Lafayette, Pontotoc, Lee, and Monroe Counties. West of Tupelo, it is concurrent with US 278.

Looking eastbound in Lafayette County

Controversy over parking on the highway shoulder[edit]

On September 4, 2004, a 19-year-old University of Mississippi student named Dustin Dill from Orlando, Florida struck and killed a fellow student, 23-year-old pharmacy major and Oxford native Amie Ewing (who was also intoxicated), on this highway. Dill had a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level when his Honda Accord struck Ewing and sent her into a parked Oldsmobile Achieva.[2][3] Ewing had parked along the shoulder of Highway 6, then walked to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to watch the Ole Miss Rebels football team play the University of Memphis Tigers and was killed when she crossed the westbound lane of the highway approximately 1,000 feet (300 m) east of Old Taylor Road while returning to her car.[4]

Mississippi state and Oxford city laws prohibit the use of state highway shoulders as parking lots;[5][6] however, this law went unenforced in Oxford on Saturdays when the Rebels played home games. Since this event, the 'no parking' laws along this highway have been enforced.[7] This highway is now also known as "Amie Ewing Memorial Highway".[8]

Points of interest[edit]

Locales on route[edit]

From east to west

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Coahoma Clarksdale MS 161 – Clarksdale, Lyon
US 49 / US 61 / US 278 west – Memphis, Greenwood interchange; west end of US 278 overlap
Quitman MS 316 west – Belen, Jonestown
Marks MS 3 – Sledge, Lambert
Panola Batesville MS 35 south – Charleston west end of MS 35 overlap
MS 725 north (Eureka Street) – Downtown Batesville
US 51 / MS 35 north – Sardis Dam east end of MS 35 overlap
I-55 – Memphis, Grenada I-55 exit 243
MS 315 – Water Valley interchange
Black Jack Road / Shady Grove Road - Coles Point, Shady Grove, John W. Kyle State Park
Lafayette Oxford West Jackson Avenue - West Oxford, Clear Creek Recreation Area former MS 6 east; at-grade intersection; west end of freeway
Chucky Mullins Drive former Coliseum Drive
Old Taylor Road - University of Mississippi
Lamar Boulevard - Downtown Oxford
MS 7 – Holly Springs, Water Valley, Bruce, New Albany
MS 334 – East Oxford
University Avenue proposed MS 738; former MS 6 west; at-grade intersection; east end of freeway
CR 251 / CR 431 – Lafayette Springs proposed MS 336 east
Pontotoc MS 338 east (Veterans Highway West) – West Pontotoc former MS 6/US 278 east
MS 336 west – Thaxton west end of MS 336 overlap
MS 336 east east end of MS 336 overlap
Pontotoc MS 15 – Pontotoc, New Albany interchange
MS 345 – Ecru, Pontotoc, Town Square Museum
MS 9 – Sherman, Pontotoc interchange
MS 338 – Longview, East Pontotoc interchange; former MS 6/US 278 west
Trace State Park interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; former MS 6/US 278 east
MS 342 – Black Zion westbound entry to Trace State Park
Lee Bissell Road interchange
Natchez Trace Parkway Logo.gif Natchez Trace Parkway interchange
Graham Drive interchange
Tupelo MS 145 (South Gloster Street)
US 45 south / US 278 east – Columbus interchange; west end of freeway; east end of US 278 overlap; west end of US 45 overlap
Eason Boulevard
US 45 north / Main Street – Corinth, Downtown Tupelo interchange; east end of freeway; east end of US 45 overlap; former MS 6/US 278 west
To US 78 / Veterans Memorial Boulevard – Elvis Presley Birth Place and Lake
MS 178 east (East Main Street) – Fulton
Eason Boulevard - alternate truck route to MS 6 west / US 45
county line
Nettleton To MS 145 / Main Street (MS 774)
Monroe Old Highway 6 proposed MS 776
Bigbee MS 371 north – Mooreville
Amory MS 25 – Smithville, Fulton, Amory
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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