Starting Point: At MS 161 near Walls, DeSoto County
Ending Point: At MS 309 near Barton, Marshall County
Future Ending Point: At US 72 near Mt. Pleasant, Marshall County
Official Length (MDOT): 26.12 miles
Counties: DeSoto, Marshall
Cities/towns over 5,000 pop served: Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive Branch
NHS: Entire length east of US 61
Freeway Segments: None
Other Multilane Segments:
From MS 301 east to MS 309
Average Daily Traffic (1999):
West of I-55: 8,700 (east of US 61) to 38,000 (between US 51 and I-55)
I-55 to US 78: 21,000 (near US 78) to 32,000 (near I-55)
East of US 78: 2,200 (near MS 309) to 15,000 (near US 78)
Originally just a two-lane road, most of it has now been 4-laned. The most recent widening opened between US 78 and MS 309, including a freeway-style partial-directional interchange at Germantown Rd (unsigned MS 305).
Construction is underway to extend the 4-lane section east to US 72, as part of the 1987 Highway Program. Estimated completion in late 2001.
Funding is being located for 4-laning the section between US 61 and MS 301.
What I'd Do:
Study the feasibility of adding interchanges or overpasses/access-roads at MS 301, US 51, and MS 309.
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