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-110.
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. Cite has empty unknown parameter:
- Nash, Jere & Taggart, Andy (December 19, 2006). "The Passage of the 1987 Highway Program". Daily Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2006.