US 80 in Mississippi
US 80 is a US Highway in the US state of Mississippi. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the state, from the Louisiana border at Vicksburg through the state capital Jackson and Meridian to the Alabama border. US 80 is 251 kilometers long in Mississippi.
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US 11/80 east of Meridian.
US 80 runs over or parallel to Interstate 20 in Mississippi and therefore has no through-interest. The part west of Jackson runs directly over I-20, east of Jackson US 80 runs parallel to I-20 and serves the various villages on the route. The largest city on the route is the capital Jackson. The route leads mostly through wooded and fairly flat area. It crosses Interstate 55 at Jackson and Interstate 59 at Meridian.
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US 80 was created in 1926. It had been one of Mississippi’s major roads from the beginning, and was also the only one to have paved several sections at that time, around Vicksburg, Jackson and Meridian. In 1932, the route between Vicksburg and Jackson was completely paved and also a significant portion of the route east of Jackson. Circa 1937 the last section was paved between Morton and Forest.
Less than 25 years later, the construction of the I-20 parallel to the US 80 began. The first part of it was already opened in 1960 and the I-20 was completed in 1973. West of Jackson, US 80 has been discontinued as a separate route, east of it not.
Every day 17,000 to 22,000 vehicles drive between Clinton and Jackson and 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles through Jackson itself. Between Jackson and Brandon, up to 26,000 vehicles and 2,000 to 5,000 vehicles continued to Meridian. The quietest part has barely 1,000 vehicles. East of Meridian, 2,400 vehicles drove.
US 84 in Mississippi
US 84 is a US Highway in the US state of Mississippi. The road forms an east-west route through the south of the state, from the Louisiana border at Natchez through Brookhaven and Laurel to the Alabama border past Waynesboro. US 84 is 307 kilometers long in Mississippi.
The Natchez-Vidalia Bridge over the Mississippi River.
US 84 forms an east-west route and is a divided highway with 2×2 lanes except for 20 kilometers. Only east of Waynesboro is US 84 single lane. The road runs approximately 80 to 100 kilometers south of Interstate 20 and mainly serves regional towns such as Natchez, Brookhaven, Laurel and Waynesboro. It crosses Interstate 55 at Brookhaven and Interstate 59 at Laurel. The route is mainly through forests, although the area east of I-55 is not as densely forested.
US 84 was created in 1926, but initially ran no further west than Dothan, Alabama. In 1934, the route was extended to New Mexico, creating the Mississippi route. In the late 1920s, the entire route was unpaved, largely a gravel road. In the mid-1930s, the first part was paved at Natchez. A short stretch west of Laurel also followed in 1938. In the late 1930s things went fast and in 1941 the entire US 84 was paved. It was striking that US 84 east of Waynesboro was only built later, this missing part was only built in the 1960s, before US 84 went south via Chatom, Alabama.
The first parts to be doubled were at Natchez and Brookhaven in the 1970s. It also stayed there for some time, from 1984 it was started to double the rest of the route. The first parts to be doubled after that were with Bude and Collins. In 1987, the route west of Brookhaven was largely widened to 4 lanes. In 1994, the section between Laurel and Waynesboro was doubled. In 1998 the section between Collins and Laurel was completed and in 2000 also the last section between Natchez and Brookhaven. The middle section, between Brookhaven and Collins, was doubled between 2003 and 2009. A new Collins bypass also opened in 2009. This means that US 84 in Mississippi is considerably better developed than in the neighboring states of Louisiana and Alabama.
23,000 vehicles drive daily at Natchez on the Louisiana border and up to 30,000 vehicles on the east side of Natchez. This quickly drops to 6,000 vehicles east of Natchez and 4,500 vehicles as far as Brookhaven. Between Brookhaven and Collins, 3,000 to 5,000 vehicles and 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles run to Laurel. Between Laurel and Waynesboro, 6,500 to 10,000 vehicles and 2,400 vehicles drove near the Alabama border.