Interstate 220 (Mississippi) Article

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Interstate 220 marker

Interstate 220
I-220 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length12.01 mi [1] (19.33 km)
Existed1981–present
Major junctions
South end I-20 / US 49 in Jackson
  US 80 in Jackson
US 49 in Jackson
North end I-55 in Ridgeland
Highway system
MS 198 MS 245

Interstate 220 (I-220) in Mississippi is a loop around Jackson that provides an interstate connection for Interstate 55 and Interstate 20. The northern terminus for the route is in the northern suburb of Ridgeland, at Interstate 55 exit 104. The highway was Mississippi's first Three-digit Interstate, complete by 1981.

This route provides a route for traffic going to and from the western side of the city. It also provides an alternate route for those heading from Interstate 55 south to Interstate 20 west and from I-20 east to I-55 north by avoiding downtown Jackson.

The southern terminus for the route is in western Jackson at Interstate 20, exit 41. The route is about 12 miles (19 km) long. Although control cities of North Jackson and West Jackson are used at the southern and northern termini, respectively, no control cities are used along the interior length of the route (including guide signs at interchanges). Secondary signs at the termini direct drivers to use the route as a shortcut to Memphis and Vicksburg.

Route description

I-220 begins at a southern terminus with I-20, and runs concurrently with US 49. [2] The first interchange northbound, a partial cloverleaf interchange, is with US 80. The freeway continues north, with an interchange at Clinton Boulevard that provides access to Capitol Street and Bullard Street. After curving to the northeast, I-220 intersects Medgar Evers Boulevard, where US 49 departs from the freeway. The highway also intersects Watkins Drive and Hanging Moss Road before ending at I-55. [3]

Legally, the route of I-220 is defined in Mississippi Code § 65-3-3.

History

A proposed bypass around Jackson in the Yellow Book

The interstate was first planned in 1971 and was completed by 1981. [4]

A new interchange opened to traffic on I-220 in 2004. This $13.4 million project completed a diamond interchange constructed at Industrial Drive between the Clinton Boulevard and US 49 north junctions. The project also resulted in the expansion of I-220 from four to six lanes from Clinton Boulevard (Exit 2A/B) northward to Industrial Drive. [5]

Exit list

I-220 at Watkins Drive
CountyLocationmi [3]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Hinds Jackson0.0–
0.4
0.0–
0.64
I-20 / US 49 south – Meridian, Hattiesburg, VicksburgI-20 exit 41; southern terminus of US 49 concurrency; directional T interchange.
0.6–
1.2
0.97–
1.9
1A US 80 east Partial cloverleaf interchange
1B US 80 west
2.5–
3.1
4.0–
5.0
2ACapitol StreetAccess to I-220 northbound from westbound Bullard Street available
2BClinton Boulevard
3.4–
4.0
5.5–
6.4
3Industrial Drive Diamond interchange
5.0–
5.6
8.0–
9.0
5AMedgar Evers BoulevardPartial cloverleaf interchange
5B US 49 north – Flora, Yazoo CityNorthern terminus of US 49 concurrency
8.2–
8.7
13.2–
14.0
8Watkins DriveDiamond interchange
9.1–
9.6
14.6–
15.4
9Hanging Moss Road
Highland Colony Parkway
Diamond interchange
Madison Ridgeland11.4–
12.1
18.3–
19.5
I-55 – Memphis, Grenada, JacksonI-55 exit 104; northern terminus; tri-stack directional T interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System: Table 2". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  2. ^ Jackson (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Google (March 19, 2012). "Overview Map of Interstate 220 (Mississippi)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "3-digit Interstates from I-20". Kurumi. February 20, 2005. Retrieved May 4, 2014.[ self-published source]
  5. ^ "Interstate-Guide: Interstate 220 Mississippi". Retrieved 2017-03-29.[ self-published source]