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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
|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.|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Route mileage information obtained from Magnolia Meanderings (Adam Froehlig)/MDOT. Thanks to Chris Balducci for railroad track information.
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Page Updated February 9, 2005.