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Interstate 59
Main route of the Interstate Highway System
Length: 444 mi (714.55 km)
South end: I-10 / I-12 near Slidell, LA
Major
junctions:
US 98 in Hattiesburg, MS
US 84 in Laurel, MS
I-20 in Meridian, MS
US-82 in Tuscaloosa, AL
I-65 in Birmingham, AL
I-20 in Birmingham, AL
North end: I-24 in Wildwood, GA

Interstate 59 (I-59) is an Interstate Highway in the southern United States. Its southern terminus is near Slidell, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, at an intersection with Interstate 10 and Interstate 12[1], its northern terminus is at Wildwood, Georgia, at an intersection with Interstate 24[2].

The road's major purpose was to connect Birmingham, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee and New Orleans, Louisiana. Throughout its entire route, Interstate 59 is parallel with U.S. 11. The road is four lanes the entire route except the portions north of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and in the Birmingham metro area.

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Route description

Lengths
  mi km
LA 11 18
MS 171.716 276.350
AL 241 388
GA 20.57 33.27
Total 444 715
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Louisiana

From Slidell, I-59 heads northeast, passing very close to Pearl River before crossing both the west and east branches of the Pearl River. At the East Pearl River, I-59 leaves Saint Tammany Parish and enters Pearl River County, Mississippi.

Mississippi

In the Magnolia State, I-59 continues to parallel U.S. 11, going through or bypassing Picayune, Poplarville, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Meridian.

A notoriously sharp S-curve in Laurel is the subject of a large reconstruction project currently underway, with anticipated completion in August 2009. The infamous curves are the legacy of a pre-interstate freeway design, and feature a 40 mph (64 km/h) speed limit, one of the lowest anywhere on a US interstate highway.

A stretch of I-59 in Mississippi

Just west of Meridian, Interstate 20 joins I-59 and the two highways continue together for 145 miles (233 km), across the Alabama border and to Birmingham.

At 4:00 p.m. on August 27, 2005, for the first time in its history, the southbound lanes of Interstate 59 were temporarily redirected northward to accommodate evacuation for Hurricane Katrina. This was a previously agreed to joint plan by the states of Mississippi and Louisiana called Contraflow lane reversal. The program began at the Mississippi-Louisiana state border and continued 21 miles (33 km) north to Poplarville.

The Mississippi section of I-59 is defined in Mississippi Code Annotated § 65-3-3.

Alabama and Georgia

Interstates 59 and 20 are conjoined for much of their route through Alabama, passing northeastward through Tuscaloosa before finally parting ways in eastern Birmingham.

In Birmingham, many wrecks and accidents occur near the cross-over interchange of I-20/59 and Interstate 65. On two occasions, 18-wheelers crashed and burned fiercely enough to melt the support beams of overpasses. Because of the frequent and severe wrecks, this interchange is nicknamed "Malfunction Junction". From Birmingham, I-59 continues northeastward near Gadsden and Fort Payne before entering Georgia.

Interstate 59 has a very short trek through the Peach State, having only three exits before coming to an end at Interstate 24 several miles west of Chattanooga, Tennessee in Wildwood. During the entire length, the highway is designated State Route 406 but is not signed as such.[3] Interstate 59 from Gadsden to the Georgia state line is rough roadway. Beginning in 2009, over the next two years, construction to pave the roadway will be complete. From Fort Payne to GA state line, construction has already begun. An alternate route is U.S. 11; which follows alongside I-59 for its entire route.

Major intersections

Auxiliary routes

References

  1. ^ Google, Inc. Google Maps [map]. Cartography by Tele Atlas. Retrieved on June 8, 2009. )
  2. ^ Google, Inc. Google Maps [map]. Cartography by Tele Atlas. Retrieved on June 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Georgia Deartment of Transportation, Office of Transportation Data (2003). Interstate Mileage Report (438 Report). http://www.dot.state.ga.us/DOT/plan-prog/transportation_data/400reports/2003/dpp438_2003.pdf.  
Main Interstate Highways (major interstates highlighted)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3
Lists  Primary  Main - Intrastate - Suffixed - Future - Gaps
Auxiliary  Main - Future - Unsigned
Other  Standards - Business - Bypassed

Simple English

[[File:|80px|right]] Interstate 59 is an Interstate Highway in the United States. It goes from Slidell, Louisiana northeast to Wildwood, Georgia. The route is 445.23 miles (716.53 km) long.[1]

References

Main Interstates (numbers that end in 0 or 5 are colored pink)
4 5 8 10 12 15 16 17 19 20 22 24 25 26 27 29 30
35 37 39 40 43 44 45 49 55 57 59 64 65 66 68 69
70 71 72 73 74 75 76 (W) 76 (E) 77 78 79 80 81 82
83 84 (W) 84 (E) 85 86 (W) 86 (E) 87 88 (W) 88 (E) 89 90
91 93 94 95 96 97 99 (238) H-1 H-2 H-3
Unsigned  A-1 A-2 A-3 A-4 PRI-1 PRI-2 PRI-3


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