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Southeast Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads

Covering George, Greene, and Jackson counties along the Alabama border.

Interstate 10 cuts across the southern quarter of Jackson County, serving the Moss Point (pop. 17,837) and Pascagoula (pop. 25,899) areas. The two cities are the largest population concentration in the otherwise rural southeastern counties. Pascagoula is known for being the hometown of Republican Senator, and current Senate Minority Leader, Trent Lott and the home to the naval shipbuilding facilities that recently completed repairs to the damaged USS Cole destroyer. Interstate 10 carries four lanes throughout the county, cutting across the northern reaches of Moss Point. The speed limit is 70 mph throughout Jackson County.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Interstate 10

U.S. 90 is the main route through Pascagoula along the gulf coast area of Jackson County. The highway enters the state adjacent to Interstate 10, before sinking southward towards the coastal zone. Originally, Interstate 10 dumped onto U.S. 90, as the Alabama portion of that Interstate was completed long before the Mississippi segment opened. The four lane highway starts off rural with a 65 mph speed limit. However, as it enters the Pascagoula area, speed limits drop to 40 mph, with the highway passing south of downtown. An interchange facilitates traffic between U.S. 90 and the Pascagoula Naval Station before the highway leaves the city westward. A new high level Pascagoula River Bridge is under construction, replacing the current four lane drawbridge. The communities of Gautier (pop. 10,088) - pronounced (Go-Shea), and Ocean Springs (pop. 14,658) also straddle the Gulf of Mexico coastline along the route, with a rural segment between Mississippi 57 and downtown Gautier.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - U.S. Highway 90

An important trucking corridor and connection between Hattiesburg and Mobile, Alabama. U.S. 98 was realigned to bypass the small towns of Beaumont, McClain, and Lucedale during the 1980s on a new four lane alignment. Speed limits throughout U.S. 98 between Interstate 59 and the Alabama state line are posted at 65 mph. The route skims the northern fringes of the DeSoto National Forest along the mostly scenic trek. Attractions along the 70 miles between Interstate 59 and the state line include the Palestinian Gardens near Lucedale and Lake Perry near Beaumont.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - U.S. Highway 98

A fun ride between Lucedale (pop. 2592) and Wiggins (pop. 3185) through the Desoto National Forest, Mississippi 26 is the only east-west corridor between Interstate 10 and U.S. 98 in the boot heel of Mississippi. The rural highway also connects Poplarville (pop. 2,561) and Bogalusa, Louisiana on its 81.98 mile trek. Highlights along the route include a pair of truss bridges within the National Forest over the Black Creek and the Pascagoula Rivers amidst the sylvan splendor.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Mississippi 26

Straddling the northern reaches of Greene County, Mississippi 42 begins at the state line (transitions from Alabama 57 west from Chatom), travelling west across U.S. 45 to State Line (pop. 395). The highway is crosses through hill country between State Line, Richton, and ultimately Petal and Hattiesburg. The total mileage of the route is 105.078 miles.

Mississippi 42 East
Approaching U.S. 45 on Mississippi 42 eastbound. This intersection demarks the end of the signed portion of Mississippi 42, with the 0.75 miles or so unsigned between U.S. 45 and the state border. U.S. 45 is the main route between Mobile, Alabama and Meridian. It also serves the Wayne County east of Waynesboro and Quitman to the north. The faded Alabama shield is for Alabama 56. Photo taken 02/10/02.
Mississippi 42 West
Westbound signage at the intersection with the roadway that becomes Mississippi 57 three blocks to the south. The northernmost three blocks are locally maintained, leaving a short gap between the two state highways. This situation will be remedied in the future, as a new State Line bypass for Mississippi 57 will take traffic directly to Mississippi 42 outside of town. 31 miles to the west is the next town along the route, Richton (pop. 1034). Photo taken 02/10/02.
Crossing the Alabama state line from unsigned Mississippi 42 that transitions into Alabama 56 east. Fourteen miles stand between this location and the town of Chatom, the county seat of Washington County. From U.S. 45 eastward to U.S. 43, Mississippi 42/Alabama 56 represents the easternmost routing of former U.S. 86. Photo taken 02/10/02.

A relatively deserted highway between Vancleave in Jackson County northward to the terminus at State Line near U.S. 45, Mississippi 57 is 90.708 miles in length. Originally this route was signed as Mississippi 59, with Mississippi 15 to the west posted as Mississippi 57. The highway begins at U.S. 90 between Ocean Springs and Gautier along one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Old Spanish Trail. Northward Mississippi 57 intersects Interstate 10 with Exit 57, before heading to quiet pastures and forest stands throughout Jackson, George, and Greene Counties. Duplexes occur at the small towns of McLain (U.S. 98/Mississippi 198) and Leakesville (Mississippi 63).

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Mississippi 57

A locally major corridor between the Gulf Coast and U.S. 98 at Lucedale. Mississippi 63 is approximately 105 miles in length. The highway has been four-laned and widened from the southern terminus at U.S. 90/Mississippi 611 near the Bayou Casotte Industrial Park at Pascagoula to U.S. 98 northwest of Lucedale. A new partial access expressway of Mississippi 63 was completed by fall of 2000 between five miles south of Lucedale and U.S. 98. Plans call for this expressway to be continued north to Leakesville, with the highway being part of the state Hurricane Evacuation route system. The highway north of Moss Point is completely rural in nature.

Mississippi @ SouthEastRoads - Mississippi 63

Standard MDOT procedure involving former state maintained segments of U.S. routes is to assign them a 100 series number based on the parent route. U.S. 98 was built along new alignments around the small towns of Lucedale, Beaumont, and McLain during the 1980s. Therefore, each town retains a looping Mississippi 198.

McLain
Mississippi 198 East
The first eastbound shield for the McLain segment of Mississippi 198. The original U.S. 98 roadway can be seen in the background, as it treks to the right tangentially to the current four-lane alignment. Photo taken 05/14/02.
Downtown McLain hangs this relic of a one-piece four way traffic light. Although now deactivated, it looms overhead telling a story of what was once a busy thoroughfare through town. The roadway to the left links back to U.S. 98, and may have originally been Mississippi 57 (or 59). Photo taken 10/00.
An older style gas station graced the frontage of Mississippi 198, as Mississippi 57 ties in from the south. The two highways share pavement eastward to the U.S. 98 return. For photographs of the Pascagoula River bridge, see the Mississippi 57 page. Otherwise, Mississippi 57 turns southward to Vancleave and the Mississippi Gulf Coast near Ocean Springs. Photo taken 04/25/02.
Mississippi 198 West
Westbound reassurance shield for Mississippi 198 east of the heart of town. This sign is posted, because the split with Mississippi 57 had just occurred. The railroad line to the left is part of the Canadian National line , and parallels U.S. 98 between Mobile, Alabama and Hattiesburg. Photo taken 04/25/02.
The western terminus of the McLain segment of Mississippi 198 at U.S. 98. Outside of McLain, the area of George and nearby Perry Counties is vastly unspoiled countryside. Photo taken 05/14/02.
Lucedale
Mississippi 198 East
The first eastbound shield for Mississippi 198, across the highway from the assembly in the above photograph. Original U.S. 98 enters from the right, serving a couple of homes before merging with Mississippi 198 (see next photograph). Downtown Lucedale is situated four miles to the east. There is no access however, to the new Mississippi 63 expressway bypass in between. Photo taken 10/20/99.
U.S. 98 continued straight on a trajectory that would have taken it to the current four-lane alignment. This photograph looks just past where Mississippi 198 turns to reunite with U.S. 98. Vegetation is slowly winning out the war with the old roadway. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Canadian National line railroad underpass on Mississippi 198 eastbound between U.S. 98 and the Mississippi 63 overpasses. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Welcome to downtown Lucedale. Continuing east from the scene in the above photograph is the eastern terminus of Mississippi 26. Mississippi 26 is shown overlapping with Mississippi 63 for a few blocks south, before the two highways part ways towards Wiggins and Moss Point. Photo taken 04/25/02.
A better view of the Mississippi 26 and 198 intersection. A shopping plaza is situated to the left, with another south at the Mississippi 26/63 split. Otherwise Lucedale retains a small town appeal with regards to its orientation. Photo taken 04/25/02.
A short distance between the Mississippi 26 eastern terminus intersection, is that of the northern terminus of Mississippi 613. Notice the motif of the area, with the old style hotel to the right. Storefronts line the first block or so of Mississippi 613 south retaining a 1950s era architectural design. Mississippi 613 is a north-south alternative to Mississippi 63, linking Lucedale with the small town of Hurley, before continuing southward to Escatawpa, Moss Point, and ultimately Pascagoula. Photo taken 04/25/02.
U.S. 98 shield assembly at the eastern terminus of the Lucedale segment of Mississippi 198. Continuing straight across U.S. 98 takes traffic onto a local road. There are no traffic lights on U.S. 98 between Wilmer, Alabama and Interstate 59. This intersection is no exception to that rule. Photo taken 08/21/01.
Mississippi 198 West
U.S. 98 shield assembly at the western end of the Lucedale section of Mississippi 198. This segment is vastly longer then the McLain segment, totalling nine miles versus three. Photo taken 10/20/99.

A three mile roadway connecting Mississippi 63 south of Leakesville with Mobile County 96 and Citronelle, Alabama. The highway originally continued westward, along the current Mississippi 57 Leakesville to McLain routing. However, when Mississippi 59 between McLain and Ocean Springs was renumbered to the current Mississippi 57, Mississippi 594 saw a 20 mile truncation.

Mississippi 594 East
Ping riddled Alabama State Line sign on Mississippi 594 eastbound at the transition to Mobile County 96. On less important arteries, a simple state line sign such as this is posted in lieu of a full blown welcome sign. Photo taken 08/21/01.
Mississippi 594 West
Pavement change and Enter Greene County sign westbound on Mobile County 96 at the transition to Alabama 594. This area is fairly isolated, as the damaged signage can attest. Photo taken 08/21/01.
First westbound shield for Mississippi 594, posted just past the state line. Photo taken 08/21/01.
Torn shield for Mississippi 594 westbound midway between the state line and junction Mississippi 63. Photo taken 08/21/01.

Officially 2.885 miles in length, Mississippi 609 exists solely to connect traffic from Ocean Springs to Interstate 10 and vice/versa. The route number is shown on state maps north of Interstate 10, but the route is not actually posted there, with that segment under local maintenance. The highway is divided and carries four lanes between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90. The southern terminus is a short distance from the U.S. 90 drawbridge into downtown Biloxi, so Mississippi 609 doubles as an alternate route in lieu of Interstate 110.

4.149 mile spur from U.S. 90 and the southern terminus of Mississippi 63 into the Bayou Casotte Industrial Park in Pascagoula. Not much to be said about this road. Industry fronts both sides of the route, with the southern terminus at one of the many facilities. The northern end sees a widening to four lanes while the route crosses a CSX rail line.

Mississippi 611 North
The northbound beginning of Mississippi 611 is marked by this "Begin State Maintenance", "Urban Limit", and weight restriction sign assembly. A pipeline overpass looms in the background associated with the Bayou Casotte Industrial Park. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Contextual photograph showing the northbound beginning of Mississippi 611. Note the pavement change from where the state takes over maintenance. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Mississippi 611 (Industrial Road) northbound after its signalized intersection with Orchard Road. Orchard Road and the Old Mobile Highway both join the state highway with the rest of Pascagoula to the west. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Now within the city limits of Pascagoula, Mississippi 611 widens to four lanes and divides. Just before intersecting U.S. 90 and Mississippi 63, the northern terminus, is this CSX Railroad line crossing. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Northbound Mississippi 611 comes to an end at this intersection with U.S. 90. Continuing straight, traffic transitions to the northbound beginning of Mississippi 63. To the left is Gautier and the Pascagoula Naval Station, to the right is Grand Bay, Alabama, straight is Moss Point and Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Mississippi 611 South
An MDOT anomaly, Mississippi 611 ends one-half mile sign posted on southbound. It is uncommon to find any kind of end or begin signage associated with the terminus of a state or U.S. route within the Magnolia State. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Southbound view of the terminus of Mississippi 611. The roadway continues to another part of the industrial park, with marshlands associated with the Gulf of Mexico in the background. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Scenes Pertaining to Mississippi 611
Orchard Avenue is one of two cross streets from Pascagoula that tie into Mississippi 611 (Industrial Road) east of town. Orchard Road ends at a signalized intersection with Industrial Road midway between Mississippi 611's north and south end points. Photo taken 05/29/04.

A short route between Mississippi 613 southeast of Lucedale to the Alabama State line and Mobile County 7. The highway basically serves local traffic between the Lucedale area and Wilmer, Alabama (at U.S. 98). Total mileage is 7.042.

Late afternoon sunshine streams through the leaves at the western terminus of Mississippi 612. This rural intersection is located nine miles to the south of Lucedale and 14 miles to the north of Hurley. A rail line parallels Mississippi 613 between Pascagoula and Lucedale. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Looking eastward towards Alabama on Mississippi 612. The back of the Enter Green County sign can be seen to the left. Mobile County 7 continues east to U.S. 98 near the community of Wilmer, Alabama. Photo taken 08/20/01.

North-south parallel to Mississippi 63 between Pascagoula and Lucedale. The highway carries two lanes along its 45.574 miles. Highlights include a four lane high level bridge over the Escatawpa River in Pascagoula and an interchange at Interstate 10 (Exit 68). Mississippi 613 crosses Mississippi 63 at Escatawpa, and transitions from residential areas to rural areas for the remainder of the routing. The northern terminus occurs at Mississippi 198 and the old Mississippi 63 near downtown Lucedale. The route was the original Mississippi 63, but was renumbered when the current Mississippi 63 was posted. I am not completely sure on that last statement, but will verify it soon.

Mississippi 613 North
Due to the shipbuilding facilities in the Pascagoula city limits, high level bridges are required for all Escatawpa River crossings. Mississippi 613 is no exception, as these photographs show the four lane span from the south shore of the waterway. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Northbound Mississippi 613 at the western terminus of Mississippi 612. This rural intersection is situated nine miles to the south of Lucedale. Mississippi 612 takes traffic eastward into Alabama, connecting to U.S. 98 near Wilmer as Mobile County 7. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Detail of the Mississippi 613 northbound shield in the above photograph. Mississippi 613 is winding in nature between Mississippi 63 and the northern terminus in Lucedale. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Mississippi 63 and 198 shield assembly at the northern terminus of Mississippi 613 in Lucedale. The highway ends just east of downtown at a four-way stop. Mississippi 63 has since been relocated to a new bypass west of town, but all shields along the old route remain. Notice the old Main Street storefront facades in this photograph. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Mississippi 613 South
The western terminus of Mississippi 612 as seen from southbound. The railroad line to the west parallels Mississippi 613 southbound for around 20 miles, and is known as the Mississippi Export line. It links Lucedale with Moss Point and Pascagoula. Photo taken 08/20/01.
Night time photograph of Mississippi 613 southbound at Mississippi 614. A four-way stop sign regulates traffic across this intersection. Maps show this junction as the town of Hurley (pop. 985). The settlement involves a few homes and small businesses. Photo taken 05/26/01.

10.26 miles constitute Mississippi 614. The route begins at Mississippi 63 five miles west of Hurley, proceeding east to the Alabama state line where it transitions to Mobile County 56/Airport Boulevard. The highway acts as an alternate for Mobile area traffic to Interstate 10 via Airport Boulevard and Mississippi 613. Otherwise, the two lane highway serves local interests. The western terminus connects to a locally maintained segment between Mississippi 63 and Mississippi 57 at Vancleave.

Mississippi 614 East
New mast arms are in place where Mississippi 614 begins at Mississippi 63. This intersection is situated in the small community of Wade (pop. 491), and omits a Mississippi 614 eastbound shield from the pictured assembly. To continue west (behind the photograph) takes traffic to Mississippi 57 and Vancleave. Photo taken 04/25/02.
Mississippi 614 draws to a close at the Alabama and Mobile line. The two-lane highway becomes unsigned Mobile County 56 (Airport Boulevard) at the border. Airport Boulevard begins in rural fashion but quickly transitions into a divided arterial as it enters the greater Mobile metropolitan area. Photo taken 12/19/03.
Mississippi 614 West
Westbound Mississippi 614 shield at the Alabama state line. The state highway continues Airport Boulevard westward to Hurley and junction Mississippi 57. Photo taken 12/19/03.
Westbound Mississippi 614 at Mississippi 613 in Hurley. Rumble strips are often put in place at the junction of state to state highways in rural parts of Mississippi. Traffic often flows at 65-70 mph on these highways. Photo taken 04/25/02.

State Highway mileage information obtained from Magnolia Meanderings (Adam Froehlig)/MDOT. Thanks to Chris Balducci for railroad track information.

Pascagoula Road Scenes

Beach Boulevard
Yes, Pascagoula does have a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico! Even with the proliferation of Navy and ship building facilities, the southern coastline of Pascagoula directly fronts the Gulf of Mexico with no interruption from industrial sites. Beach Boulevard straddles a sea wall for approximately two miles between the East Branch of the Pascagoula River and Bayou Cassote. A small sandy area exists for sun bathers midway along the two-lane scenic drive. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Franklin Creek Road
Franklin Creek Road acts as a conduit between Interstate 10 and U.S. 90 for eastern Pascagoula. In fact for motorists destined to Interstate 10 eastbound to Mobile or Florida, it is advised to take U.S. 90 east out of town to Franklin Creek Road northbound for Interstate 10 in lieu of either Mississippi 613 or 63. Photo taken 05/29/04.
A short Frontage Road stems west from Franklin Creek Road at the Exit 75 diamond interchange with Interstate 10. A full guide sign resides along Franklin Creek Road northbound for the roadway. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Interstate 10 crosses the Alabama state line one mile east of Franklin Creek Road near Grand Bay. The freeway reaches the city of Mobile in 20 miles. Westbound, Interstate 10 returns to Pascagoula in six miles en route to Biloxi and Gulfport. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Ingalls Avenue
Ingalls Avenue constitutes an east-west surface street south of downtown Pascagoula. The residential street derives its name from the East Bank Port Facilities that are home to the Pascagoula Ingalls Shipbuilding plant. Pictured here is the intersection of Ingalls Avenue eastbound at Pascagoula Street. Photo taken 05/29/04.
The west end of Ingalls Avenue intersects Desoto Street at the Ingalls Shipbuilding plant entrance. The mast arm signals posted here are set to flash yellow / caution for Ingalls Avenue. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Martin Street northbound at Ingalls Avenue in eastern Pascagoula. Martin Street stems north from Beach Boulevard and the Gulf of Mexico to the intersection of Orchard Avenue and the Old Mobile Highway. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Pascagoula Street
A new sign bridge saw installation along Pascagoula Street southbound upon completion of the eight-lane high-level bridge for U.S. 90 over the East Pascagoula River. The overheads partition U.S. 90 (Denny Avenue) traffic to Pascagoula Street southbound for downtown and Magnolia Street westbound for the East Bank Port Facilities. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Modern mast arm assemblies were installed at the intersection of Pascagoula Street and Live Oak Avenue one block south of Magnolia Street in 2002. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Older span wire supported traffic lights remain in use at the intersection of Pascagoula Street southbound at Convent Avenue. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Entering downtown Pascagoula at the split intersection with Jackson Avenue and Watts Avenue. A pair of mast-arm supported signals govern the movements between the two local streets and Pascagoula Street southbound. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Pascagoula Street southbound leaves downtown and intersects Ingalls Avenue at its final traffic light. Ingalls Avenue travels west to the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard along the East Branch of the Pascagoula River. Eastward the surface street continues through residential areas to Louise Street. Photo taken 05/29/04.
Pascagoula Street southbound draws to a close at Beach Boulevard along the Gulf of Mexico. Beach Boulevard hugs the shoreline in both directions from Pascagoula Street as a residential and scenic drive. Photo taken 05/29/04.

Page Updated February 9, 2005.