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Mississippi Highway 53 marker

Mississippi Highway 53
MS 53 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length38.92 mi [1] (62.64 km)
Existed1950–present
Major junctions
South end US 49 in Gulfport
  I-59 in Poplarville
North end US 11 / MS 26 in Poplarville
Location
Counties Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison
Highway system
US 51 I-55

Mississippi Highway 53 (MS 53) is a state highway in Mississippi. The highway starts at U.S. Highway 49 (US 49) in Gulfport and travels northwestward to MS 603 in Hancock County. The road then travels north to Poplarville, meeting Interstate 59 (I-59). MS 53 ends at MS 26 and US 11 in southwestern Poplarville. The road that became MS 53 has existed since 1928, and the highway was designated in 1950. The highway was completely paved by 1957, and an interchange was created at I-59 in 1967.

Route description

Traffic volume on Mississippi Highway 53
Location Volume
East of Old US 49 8,100
East of Dawnland Drive 7,200
West of Forestry Road 5,500
Northwest of Wallace Saucier Road 2,500
West of Tally Shaw Road 1,600
Northwest of Dogwood Lane 2,800
South of Progress Road 2,900
Northwest of Herb Gentry Road 7,000
Southeast of Industrial Drive 6,800
East of US 11 8,100
  • Data was measured in 2015 in terms of AADT
  • Source: [2]

MS 53 is located in Harrison, Hancock, and Pearl River counties. [3] [4] [5] The highway is legally defined in Mississippi Code § 65-3-3, [6] as part of the state highway system. The section from US 49 to MS 26 is known as the Larkin I. Smith Memorial Highway. [1]

The highway starts at its intersection with US 49 and North Swan Road in northern Gulfport. The road travels westward towards the unincorporated area of Lyman after crossing over a KCS Railway railroad. [3] MS 53 travels northwestward through Lizana and rural western Harrison County. [7] At Herman Ladner Road, the highway turns westward and crosses the Wolf River, entering Hancock County. [3]

Near Sellers in Hancock County, the road travels northwest to its T-intersection at MS 603. MS 53 turns northward at the intersection, and shifts westward at Dogwood Lane, south of the county line. The highway enters Pearl River County past Road 205. [4] Once inside Pearl River County, the road intersects multiple private driveways through the farmland. [7] At Savannah, MS 53 intersects Savannah Millard Road, which has an interchange at I-59. Past Jesse Wells and Restertown Roads, the highway intersects a road that leads to the Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport. [5] The highway enters Poplarville near the diamond interchange at I-59, [8] and it becomes concurrent with MS 26. [7] MS 53 ends at US 11 after crossing a Norfolk Southern railroad and Jumpoff Creek. [7] [8]

History

The road that became MS 53 existed at least since 1928, as a gravel road from Lyman to Poplarville. [9] A small section of the road near Poplarville was paved in 1939. [10] [11] By 1948, a few miles of the road near Lyman was paved, [12] [13] and MS 53 was designated along the road two years later. [14] [15] Almost all of MS 53 in Harrison County was paved by 1953. A small portion in Pearl River County was also paved during this time. [16] [17] The Pearl River section of the highway was near completely paved by 1956, [18] [19] and all of the highway was completely paved one year later. [19] [20] By 1967, an interchange was created at I-59 and MS 53. [21] [22]

Major intersections

MS 53 in Lizana
CountyLocationmi [7]kmDestinationsNotes
Harrison Gulfport0.00.0 US 49 – Wiggins, GulfportSouthern terminus
Hancock21.234.1 MS 603 – Kiln, Bay St. LouisNorthern terminus of MS 603
Pearl River Poplarville36.8–
37.0
59.2–
59.5
I-59 – New Orleans, Hattiesburg Diamond interchange
38.962.6 MS 26 – Bogalusa, WigginsSouthern terminus of MS 26 concurrency
39.763.9 US 11 / MS 26 – Bogalusa, Picayune, LumbertonNorthern terminus of MS 26 concurrency; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation Planning Division (December 31, 2014). Mississippi Public Roads Selected Statistics Extent, Travel, and Designation (PDF) (Report). Mississippi Department of Transportation. p. 167. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "MDOT Traffic Count Application". Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Mississippi Department of Transportation (2014). Harrison County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation (2015). Hancock County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation (2015). Pearl River County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Sec. 65-3-3: State Highways Designated". Mississippi Code of 1972 as Amended. Mississippi Legislature. 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e Google (March 14, 2017). "Overview Map of Mississippi Highway 53" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation (2008). Poplarville, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1928). Condition Map of State Highway System (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (January 1939). Official Highway Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (July 1939). Official Highway Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1946). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1948). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1949). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  15. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1950). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (July 1952). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  17. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1953). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  18. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1955). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Mississippi State Highway Commission (1956). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  20. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1957). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  21. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1965). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1967). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved March 14, 2017.

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