Mississippi Highway 607

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Mississippi Highway 607
Shuttle Parkway
Hospitality Highway
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length18.5 mi (29.8 km)
10.041 miles (16.159 km) state maintained[1]
Existed1967–present
Major junctions
South end US 90 near Waveland
  I-10 near Pearlington
North end I-59 / US 11 near Nicholson
Location
CountiesHancock, Pearl River
Highway system
MS 606MS 609

Mississippi Highway 607 (MS 607) is a highway in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Its southern terminus is at US 90, and it travels westward to Interstate 10 (I-10). The route travels through the Stennis Space Center and to I-59 and US 11 south of Picayune. The road was part of US 11 and US 90, before MS 43 was designated in 1948. MS 607 was created in 1967, after MS 43 was rerouted, and Stennis Space Center was built.

Route description[edit]

All of the route is located in Hancock and Pearl River counties.[2] MS 607 starts at a T-intersection with US 90, and travels westward. The route goes through a forest as a divided highway. Nearly five miles (8.0 km) later, MS 607 intersects MS 604 as it turns northwest. After passing by two electrical substations, it crosses a road that leads to the Mississippi welcome center and INFINITY Science Center, a NASA visitor center.[2][3][4] The route then intersects I-10 at a diamond interchange, and state maintenance ends just north of it. United States government maintenance begins,[5] and the road soon turns north. About two miles (3.2 km) later, MS 607 travels through an access gate and enters Stennis Space Center.[3]

Past the access gate, the road crosses over a canal and intersects road that leads to an old alignment of MS 43. MS 607 later shifts northwest until it meets H Road. It then travels north through thick forests for more than two mi (3.2 km), until it reaches Gravel Pit Road, where it begins traveling northwest. South of Turtleskin Creek, MS 607 reaches to an access gate. State maintenance begins at the intersection of Texas Flat Road and the old alignment of US 11. The route continues traveling northwest through the forest, entering Pearl River County and intersecting Asa McQueen Road. Small houses soon appear, and the route meets US 11 and I-59 at a diamond interchange. The road continues on into Picayune as US 11.[3]

In 2013, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) calculated as many as 11,000 vehicles traveling west of MS 604, and as few as 3,400 vehicles traveling south of Texas Flat Road.[6] All of the road is maintained by MDOT and the United States Government.[1][5] MS 607 is not included as a part of the National Highway System (NHS), a network of highways identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[7] MS 607 is part of two scenic routes and memorial designations. Hospitality Highway, which is designated from I-10 to US 90. NASA Scenic Byway to Space, starting at the intersection of MS 607 and MS 604 to the south gate of the center, then from the north gate to Texas Flat Road.[1]

History[edit]

The road that became part of MS 607 was part of US 90 and US 11 since 1928,[8] and all of it became paved by 1934.[9][10] In 1936, a new road was built from US 90 to south of Slidell,[11][12] and US 90 was soon rerouted to it. The road between US 11 and US 90 became MS 11-90.[12][13] By 1939, US 90 was moved to another new road, bypassing the old one.[14][15] The MS 11-90 designation was temporarily removed in 1942,[16][17] and was restored the next year.[17][18] In 1948, MS 11-90's designation was removed, and the road became part of MS 43.[19][20] Between 1958 and 1960, I-59 and I-10 were proposed.[21][22] Meanwhile, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began buying land in Hancock County for the Mississippi Test Operations in 1962, which later became Stennis Space Center.[23] In 1967, MS 43's alignment was moved east of NASA's test site, and the old alignment became MS 607. Only north and south of the test area were state maintained. Also in the same year, MS 607's interchange with I-10 was completed.[24][25] In 1971, MS 607 south of the Stennis Space Center became a divided highway.[26][27]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmDestinations[28][29]Notes
Hancock0.00.0 US 90Southern terminus
4.67.4 MS 604Northern terminus of MS 604
5.6–
5.9
9.0–
9.5
I-10I-10 exit 2; Diamond interchange.
6.19.8Old Napolean–Westonia RoadEnd state maintenance[5]
Stennis Space Center8.413.5Access gateSouthern entrance to Stennis Space Center
12.720.4Access gateNorthern entrance to Stennis Space Center
Santa Rosa14.723.7Old US 11 / Texas Flat RoadBegin state maintenance[1]
Pearl River18.4–
18.5
29.6–
29.8
I-59 / US 11I-59 exit 1; northern terminus; diamond interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d Mississippi Department of Transportation Planning Division (December 31, 2011). Mississippi Public Roads Selected Statistics Extent, Travel, and Designation (PDF) (Report). Mississippi Department of Transportation. p. 164. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Official Highway Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Mississippi Department of Transportation. Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Google (March 20, 2014). "Mississippi Highway 607" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "INFINITY Science Center". INFINITY Science Center. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Google (December 21, 2014). "Mississippi Highway 607 north of Interstate 10" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "MDOT Traffic Count Application". Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  7. ^ National Highway System: Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. November 2003. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1928). Condition Map of State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1933). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1934). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1935). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Mississippi State Highway Department (1936). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  13. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1937). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  14. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1938). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  15. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (January 1939). Official Highway Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1941). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  17. ^ a b Mississippi State Highway Commission (1942). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  18. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1943). Road Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  19. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1946). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  20. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1948). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  21. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1958). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  22. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1960). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  23. ^ "John C. Stennis Space Center History". Nasa.gov. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  24. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1965). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  25. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1967). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  26. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1970). Official Road Map (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  27. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1971). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  28. ^ Hancock County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  29. ^ Pearl River County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014.