US 61 in Mississippi
US 61 is a US Highway in the US state of Mississippi. The road forms a north-south route along the Mississippi River, from the Louisiana border through Natchez and Vicksburg to the Tennessee border. US 61 is 518 kilometers long in Mississippi.
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US 61 near Leland.
US 61 and US 278 in western Mississippi.
US 61 forms a north-south route along the state’s western border, which is formed by the Mississippi River. US 61 usually runs within 20 miles of the river. About two-thirds of the route is a divided highway with 2×2 lanes, from the Louisiana border to just past Vicksburg and from Leland to the Tennessee border. The town of Clarksdale has a grade-separated bypass and at Vicksburg US 61 lifts onto Interstate 20 for a short while. The largest towns on the route are Natchez and Vicksburg.
US 61 was created in 1926 as a north-south route along the east bank of the Mississippi River. When created, the majority of US 61 was a gravel road, asphalt was only found in Vicksburg and the Leland region. The situation only improved in the early 1930s at Leland, where a section of 50 kilometers was continuously asphalted. By 1936, part of the route near the Louisiana border had also been paved, as well as a section north from Clarksdale. From the mid-1930s, especially the route north of Vicksburg was paved, by 1938 almost the entire US 61 north of Vicksburg was paved, and south of it still unpaved. Around 1940 the southern part was paved, which was completed in 1941.
The first part that was doubled into a divided highwaywas double numbered with US 84 and US 98 at Natchez. It was not until 1971 that a second section was widened to 4 lanes, a few kilometers south of Vicksburg. Furthermore, a four-lane section opened at Cleveland in the early 1970s, but steps towards a large-scale expansion to four lanes took longer. From 1980, several sections were widened to 4 lanes. The first longer section to be four-lane was between Leland and Cleveland in 1984. The doubling was slow. From the 1990s, the existing parts were extended somewhat. In 1998 a longer stretch north of Tunica was widened to 4 lanes. This was mainly due to the development of casinos in this area. Things got a little faster after 2000 and in 2003 the entire route between Clarksdale and the Tennessee border was widened to 4 lanes. The widening between the Louisiana and Natchez border was completed in 2005, and by 2006, the Cleveland and Clarksdale widening was completed, as was substantially the entire route from Natchez to Vicksburg.
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4,000 to 6,000 vehicles drive daily between the Louisiana border and Natchez and up to 30,000 vehicles near Natchez. There were 4,000 to 5,000 vehicles between Natchez and Vicksburg and 2,000 to 3,000 vehicles between Vicksburg and Leland. Between Leland and Cleveland, 9,000 vehicles and 5,500 vehicles drove as far as Clarksdale. This increases from 8,000 vehicles at Clarksdale to 18,000 vehicles in Tunica. Further north, 16,000 to 20,000 vehicles drive as far as the Tennessee border.
Pascagoula I-10 Bridge
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|Total length||~6,400 meters|
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|Traffic intensity||49,000 mvt/day|
The Pascagoula I-10 Bridge is a bridge in the United States, located at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Mississippi Interstate 10 spans the Pascagoula River here and is approximately 4 miles long.
The Pascagoula I-10 Bridge is approximately 4 miles long and consists of two parallel girder bridges. The Pascagoula River is locally a swampy delta, but without much vegetation. The bridge has two higher parts where small shipping can pass under, with a lower bridge part in between. From the bridge you have a good view over the wetlands of the delta. The bridge has 2 lanes and an emergency lane in each direction and is toll-free.
The bridge was opened around 1981, but exact dates are unknown. Other sources cite 1988 as the opening year. The bridge was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
49,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day, which means that it is not overloaded.