Starting Point: I-20/I-59 in Meridian, MS
Ending Point: US 45 in Shuqualak, MS
Total Distance: 49.732 miles
Counties: Lauderdale, Kemper, Noxubee
Cities/towns over 5,000 pop served: Meridian
0.1 mile with US 11/US 80
4.0 miles with MS 21 in southern Noxubee County
Freeway Segments: None
Other Multilane Segments:
5-lane street from I-20/I-59 north to Front St
4-lane divided highway from Front St north to Stennis Drive (short section from Front St to Old US 45 N is 6-lanes)
Interchanges: Pseudo-interchange at B Street/Old US 11/80. Not much more than two streets on either side of MS 39 connecting it to the old highway.
Average Daily Traffic (1998): Ranges from 580 in southern Noxubee County to 26,000 in Meridian.
Original routing in Lauderdale County and Meridian includes 24th Ave (north of downtown), Poplar Springs Dr, and Hillview Dr.
North of old US 45, it's also known as Jaycee Drive, and is signed as such on the newer street signs on top of stop signs at cross streets.
45 MPH speed limit from I-20/I-59 north to about 33rd Street, where it goes to 55 MPH. Just north of North Hills St, it goes to 65 MPH and is such up to just south of Stennis Drive (where the 4-lane ends). There are 3 school zones in the 65 MPH zone, each signed for 45 MPH "when children are present", except for one which has flashing yellow lights to indicate when the school speed zone is in effect.
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