Mississippi Gulf Coast @ SouthEastRoads

A look at the Mississippi Gulf Coast, consisting of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties. The gulf coast bustles with activity associated with the gambling industry, offshore oil rigs, and various military and governmental facilities. The beaches along the Pass Christian to Biloxi shoreline are bright white and are a big tourist draw for snowbirds from the Great Lakes regions.

The main corridor serving southern Mississippi and the Gulf Coast. Interstate 10 is moderately to heavily traveled throughout the region. The freeway generally stays a good distance inland, but carries the bulk of all through traffic, as U.S. 90 to the south is the main drag throughout the coastal cities. The freeway is six lanes between Exit 28 and 34, with widening eastward to Exit 46. Eventually the limited access highway will see a six lane expansion eastward to Exit 57. The traffic counts warrant this expansion, as the corridor facilities traffic between New Orleans and Houston to Atlanta and the state of Florida.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Interstate 10

A short freeway spur linking Interstate 10 with U.S. 90 and downtown Biloxi. The freeway is a scant 4.30 miles, but is an important facility carrying tourist and military based traffic from Keesler AFB and the city northward to Interstate 10. Interstate 110 also includes a four-lane drawbridge over the Back Bay of Biloxi. The highway replaced Mississippi 15 as the north-south route to the mainland, and thus carries the state highway throughout the 4.30 miles. The highway is elevated from the Back Bay of Biloxi Bridge southward over the city street grid of Biloxi, culminating with an elevated trumpet interchange, part of which is over the Gulf of Mexico at U.S. 90.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Interstate 110

Congested corridor within the city of Gulfport. U.S. 49 begins overall at U.S. 90 near the Port of Gulfport, bisecting downtown as it migrates towards the Gulfport Municipal Airport and Interstate 10. The area around the cloverleaf interchange of Interstate 10 is inundated with shopping plazas and a mall, adding to the traffic headaches of the area. Leaving Gulfport to the north, U.S. 49 maintains a divided four lanes. The highway is an important connection between the Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg, Interstate 59, and the capital city of Jackson.

The southern terminus of U.S. 49 at U.S. 90. The last three blocks of U.S. 49 sees on-street parking within the downtown area. Various shops and other businesses are located nearby. In the background, accessible by continuing straight through the intersection, is the Port of Gulfport. Long Beach is to the right with the casino district of Gulfport to the left. Top photo taken 11/06/99; Bottom photo taken 06/01.
Reversing directions, is the first northbound U.S. 49 reassurance shield. Included is an Interstate 10 and hurricane evacuation route trailblazer. The bulk of downtown can be seen in this photograph. Although traffic appears light in this image, it dramatically increases within the first two miles. Photo taken 11/06/99.

U.S. 90, known as the Old Spanish Trail, now serves local interests for the most part with the addition of Interstate 10. The highway still carries a heavy amount of traffic, as it serves the cities of Bay Saint Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gautier, and Pascagoula. All of those cities are generally bypassed by Interstate 10 to the north. The highway overall carries four lanes, except for the portion from the state line at Pearlington to Mississippi 607. That stretch passes through isolated wetlands, and carries light traffic.

U.S. 90 is exceptionally scenic with spanish style homes, palm trees, and sandy white beaches fronting the eastbound side through the Pass Christian and Long Beach areas. This landscape is again duplicated between U.S. 49 and Interstate 110 in Biloxi-Gulfport. West of Saint Louis Bay, and east of the Biloxi Bay, U.S. 90 travels a significant distance inland. This also coincides with the marsh like coastline of the Gulf of Mexico that provides little developable land.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - U.S. Highway 90

Overlapped with Interstate 110 from U.S. 90 northward, the highway does not retain its own roadway until the cloverleaf interchange of Interstate 10/110. The highway also serves north D'Iberville before disappearing into the De Soto National Forest. Remnants can be found of the original street level routing of Mississippi 15 parallel to Interstate 110. In D'Iberville, the old roadway is signed as "Old Mississippi 15". In Biloxi, the part of the Back Bay of Biloxi Bridge was retained as a fishing pier.

Within Biloxi, an old style Mississippi 15 shield remains on the original surface street routing. This shield is located on northbound in a semi-blighted area. The old routing begins at U.S. 90 near the Beau Rivage Casino and ends at another casino on the Back Bay. Mississippi state law requires all gambling facilities to actually be over water. So the casinos are actually floating buildings, anchored by large chains to the hotel/lobby portions that are completely on land. Photo taken 11/00.
Peering north at the remaining portion of the original Mississippi 15 Back Bay of Biloxi Bridge. This narrow bridge still serves as a fishing pier, a role many other former spans along the Gulf Coast play. To the left is the Interstate 110 drawbridge. A casino is situated just to the right out of camera view. Photo taken 09/16/00.

Short state highway linking U.S. 49 with Interstate 10/Exit 41 within the city of Biloxi. The state highway was not always routed this direction, as a section of "Old Mississippi 67" exists to the north of Interstate 10 between Exit 41 and 46 connecting with "Old Mississippi 15". The original southern terminus of both Mississippi 15 and 67 (they used to overlap into Biloxi) occurred at U.S. 90 in downtown Biloxi.

A rare end placard can be found at the southern terminus of Mississippi 67 at Interstate 10's Exit 41. This interchange was constructed with the relocation of Mississippi 67 from its original downtown terminus. At the time of this photograph, the diamond interchange was undergoing a resurfacing project in association with the six-laning of Interstate 10. Photo taken 08/12/02.

Mississippi 607 returns traffic from U.S. 90 and the Bay Saint Louis/Waveland vicinity to Interstate 10 at Exit 2. The highway also connects to the John C. Stennis NASA Space Center from both Interstate 10 and Interstate 59 near Picayune. With that stated, the highway is only open to military and government traffic through the facility. Tours for the public are available via shuttle from the Mississippi Welcome Center adjacent to the Exit 2/Interstate 10 interchange on Mississippi 607.

Approaching the southern terminus of Mississippi 607 at U.S. 90. The four lane alignment basically transitions into U.S. 90 east. U.S. 90 to the southwest towards Pearlington and the Louisiana state line enters the scene from the right. Photo taken 06/01.
The first northbound Mississippi 607 reassurance shield, posted just past the partition with U.S. 90. The 1978 specification Interstate 10 Mississippi shield was replaced by June of 2001. Photo taken 11/12/99.
Interstate 10 and Mississippi 607 shields and guide sign on southbound. This Mobile control city is unusual, in that Biloxi, Gulfport, and Pascagoula are ignored for Interstate 10 within the Magnolia State. Oftentimes Mobile is shown as the second control city if at all. Photo taken 06/01.
Mississippi 607 northbound entering the Exit 2 diamond interchange for Interstate 10. Interstate 12 is displayed,because the next interchange westbound intersects both that freeway and Interstate 59. The next eastbound interchange is 11 miles away due to the NASA Stennis Space Center buffer zone. Photo taken 06/01.

Popps Ferry Road

Popps Ferry Road represents one of only two Back Bay of Biloxi crossings between the Gulf of Mexico coastal city and the inland empire. The two-lane roadway travels between Pass Road, a busy east-west arterial, to Cedar Lake Road just south of Interstate 10 Exit 44, and D'Iberville Boulevard (former Mississippi 15). The crossing of the bay itself constitutes a two-lane draw bridge. North of the bridge, Popps Ferry Road is undergoing a widening project between the crossing and Cedar Lake Road. These photos look at the Back Bay of Biloxi bridge on Popps Ferry Road northbound. Photos taken 10/12/03.

Page Updated February 20, 2004.

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