Highway 26

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A rural highway linking the seats of Pearl River, Stone and George Counties in southeastern Mississippi, MS 26 extends east from LA 10 and Bogalusa, Louisiana to MS 198 in Lucedale. The 76.6 mile mile route connects with Interstate 59 at Poplarville and travels east from there to U.S. 49 and MS 29 at Wiggins. Traversing areas of Desoto National Forest, MS 26 advances east to MS 57 at Benndale, the MS 63 expressway west of Lucedale and MS 198 in the Lucedale business district.

Mississippi 26 east
Navigating along a series of S-curves by Old River and Moodys Lake, MS 26 emerges from wetland areas along the Pearl River at MS 43 north of Crossroads. MS 43 parallels the Pearl River north to Columbia and south to Picayune. Photo taken 07/22/01.
MS 26 bypasses Poplarville across the south side of the city. The old alignment followed North Street east into Downtown. MS 53 begins at the intersection of MS 26 and U.S. 11. The two state highways overlap 0.7 miles east to South Main Street. Photo taken 07/22/01.
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Advancing 2.1 miles east from MS 53 (Main Street), MS 26 meets Interstate 59 at a diamond interchange outside Poplarville. I-59 travels southwest to Picayune, Pearl River and Slidell, Louisiana. Photos taken 06/02/10.
Heading north from MS 26, Interstate 59 continues 29.4 miles to merge with U.S. 98 west around the west side of Hattiesburg. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Leaving the exchange with I-59, Mississippi 26 traverses mostly undeveloped timber land 20 miles to the city of Wiggins. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Entering the Stone County seat of Wiggins, MS 26 converges with U.S. 49 (Azalea Drive) at a diamond interchange. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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U.S. 49 bypasses Wiggins to the west along a controlled access arterial south to Saucier and Gulfport. Photos taken 06/02/10.
Built in 1965, the overpasses taking U.S. 49 (Azalea Drive) over Mississippi 26 can accommodate four lane expansion of the state route. U.S. 49 concludes 34.5 miles to the south at U.S. 90 off the waters of Mississippi Sound. Photo taken 07/22/01.
U.S. 49 (Azalea Drive) heads 28.4 miles north to U.S. 98 at the city of Hattiesburg. Photo taken 06/02/10.
MS 29 begins at U.S. 49 and overlaps with MS 26 (Central Avenue) east one mile to Magnolia Drive in Wiggins. Photo taken 03/29/09.
MS 29 north splits with MS 26 (Central Avenue) east at grade separated intersection with Magnolia Drive (old U.S. 49) south of Downtown Wiggins. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Magnolia Drive leads MS 29 north from a loop ramp at MS 26, 0.75 miles through Downtown Wiggins to Hatten Avenue east. MS 29 angles northeast along Parkway Drive from Wiggins to Flint Creek Water Park and De Soto National Forest. Photo taken 03/29/09.
MS 26 east confirming marker posted after the separation with MS 29 and the at-grade crossing with the Kansas City Southern Railroad line along Central Avenue. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Curving southeast from Iowa Street, MS 26 (Central Avenue) intersects Stapp Street by this mileage sign 33 miles from Lucedale. Photo taken 03/29/09.
MS 26 crosses Flint Creek on a bridge built in 1952. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Big Four Road south and City Bridge Road north come together at the settlement of Whites Crossing along Mississippi 26 east. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Mississippi 26 enters DeSoto National Forest just east of Whites Crossing. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Advancing east through DeSoto National Forest, MS 26 intersects the north end of the southern segment of MS 15 at Moore Crossing. Photo taken 03/29/09.
The southern section of MS 15 travels mostly through DeSoto National Forest along a 30.6 mile course to MS 67 at D'Iberville. The northern section originates from U.S. 98 at Beaumont. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Continuing east from MS 15 and Melton Hatten Road north, MS 26 plies across national forest land to the George County line. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Shifting slightly southward, MS 26 crosses Bluff Creek on a 1948-built span. Photo taken 03/29/09.
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Lowering 98 feet in elevation from New Zion Road, eastbound MS 26 crosses a relief bridge for Black Creek. Photos taken 03/29/09.
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A camelback through truss bridge crosses Black Creek along MS 26 in DeSoto National Forest. The 831.1 foot long span was built in 1948.1 Photos taken 03/29/09.
Eastbound MS 26 enters George County 1.75 miles east of Black Creek at Joe Fortner Road. Photo taken 03/29/09.
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MS 26 rises to 169 feet above sea level at the upcoming traffic light with MS 57. The bluffs rise west of the Pascagoula River. Photos taken 03/29/09.
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Highway 57 parallels the Pascagoula River to the west along a rural course south from MS 26 at Benndale to Vancleave, Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and Interstate 10. Northward the state highway extends into DeSoto National Forest and U.S. 98 at the town of McLain. Photos taken 06/02/10.
Continuing beyond MS 57, MS 26 lowers 108 feet to the Pascagoula River. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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A cantilevered Warren through truss bridge carries traffic along Mississippi 26 over the Pascagoula River. Photo taken 06/02/10. Second photo taken 03/29/09.
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The Pascagoula River bridge along MS 26 measures 5,531.7 feet in length and was built in 1948.2 Photo taken 03/29/09. Second photo taken 06/02/10.
Located north of the Riverview Estates community, the MS 26 Pascagoula River bridge extends east over wetland areas north of Hutson Lake. Photo taken 06/02/10.
A flood relief bridge follows to the east of Hutson Lake on Mississippi 26. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Heading east through Pascagoula River State Wildlife Management Area, Mississippi 26 rises 100 feet along bluffs to the settlement of Crossroads. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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River Road stems south from MS 26 into Pascagoula River Game Management Area between Crossroads and Big Creek. Photos taken 03/29/09.
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MS 26 enters a diamond interchange with MS 63 to the southwest of Lucedale. MS 63 bypasses the George County seat along a four-lane expressway north to U.S. 98 and Leakesville and south toward Moss Point. Photo taken 06/02/10. Second photo taken 03/29/09.
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MS 63 was realigned onto a new four lane highway north from U.S. 98 to MS 57 near Leakesville on August 22, 2011. The four lane corridor extends north along MS 57 to U.S. 45 at State Line. Photo taken 06/02/10. Second photo taken 03/29/09.
The final 2.9 miles of MS 26 leading into Lucedale is locally maintained by George County and the city of Lucedale. Maintenance changed following completion of the Lucedale bypass for MS 63 in November 2000.3 Photo taken 03/29/09.
MS 26 crosses the Lucedale city line eastbound at the intersection with SCott Road east and Twin Creek Road south. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Angling northeast, MS 26 converges with Old Highway 63 along a commercial strip. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Reassurance markers still acknowledged the overlap of MS 26 east & 63 north beyond their former merge. These were still posted in 2016. Photo taken 03/29/09.
Winter Street leads MS 26 north toward Downtown Lucedale. Traffic signals operate at Church Street. Photo taken 03/29/09.
MS 26 concludes at MS 198 (Main Street) in the Lucedale business district. Winter Street extends three blocks further north to Pine Street. Photo taken 06/02/10.
MS 198 (Main Street) follows the old alignment of U.S. 98 through Lucedale. U.S. 98 bypasses Lucedale to the north between McLain and Mobile, Alabama. Leakesville references the continuation of old MS 63 north from MS 198 at Evanston Road. Photo taken 06/02/10.
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MS 198 (Main Street) loops 9.5 miles through Lucedale between U.S. 98 at C.F. Eubanks Road to the west and Rocky Creek Road to the east. Photo taken 03/29/09. Second photo taken 06/02/10.
Mississippi 26 west
Confirming marker posted westbound after the diamond interchange with the MS 63 expressway outside Lucedale. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Leading away from Lucedale, MS 26 passes by a handful of residential streets preceding Pascagoula River State Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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MS 26 crosses Big Creek ahead of the turn off for River Road south to Pascagoula River Game Management Area. Photos taken 11/23/08.
A series of bluffs rise west of Big Creek. MS 26 gains 92 feet in elevation from Big Creek to John Moody Road at the settlement of Crossroads. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Traversing wetland areas, MS 26 spans a flood relief bridge midway between Crossroads and the Pascagoula River. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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Completed in 1948, the Highway 26 bridge spanning the Pascagoula River extends 5,531.7 feet.2 Photos taken 11/23/08.
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The cantilevered Warren through truss bridge across the Pascagoula River accommodates two lanes of traffic across a 25.9 foot wide deck. The superstructure provides a 14.8 foot vertical clearance.2 Photos taken 11/23/08.
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Advancing two miles from the Pascagoula River, MS 26 climbs onto a series of bluffs west to a signalized intersection with MS 57 at Benndale. Photos taken 11/23/08.
Highway 57 is a rural highway connecting Ocean Springs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast with U.S. 98 at McLain and Highway 63 near Leakesville. The state highway originates 36.6 miles to the south at U.S. 90. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Mississippi 26 confirming marker posted west of Mississippi 57. Photo taken 11/23/08.
MS 26 gradually turns from the southwest to west ahead of the Stone County line. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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Mississippi 26 crosses Sweetwater Creek and then Flat Branch ahead of the county line. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Entering both Stone County and DeSoto National Forest on Mississippi 26 westbound. Photo taken 11/23/08.
A series of three bridges take Highway 26 across Black Creek and associated flood relief channels west of Deep Creek Road and George County. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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A camelback through truss bridge dating to 1948 spans the main channel of Black Creek along MS 26.1 Photos taken 11/23/08.
The two lane roadway undulates over bluffs from Bluff Creek west to Moore Crossing. Photo taken 11/23/08.
MS 26 west next meets the north end of MS 15. The southern segment of MS 15 travels 30.6 miles south through DeSoto National Forest to MS 67 in D'Iberville. Photo taken 11/23/08.
MS 15 connects with MS 67 at a trumpet interchange 2.4 miles north of the exchange joining Interstates 10 and 110. MS 15 historically continued south to U.S. 90 in Biloxi. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Continuing west from MS 15, MS 26 remains rural another eight miles into the city of Wiggins. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Westbound Highway 26 at the settlement of White's Crossing. Photo taken 11/23/08.
The span taking MS 26 across Flint Creek was constructed in 1952. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Curving northwest, Mississippi 26 transitions onto Central Avenue through the Stone County seat of Wiggins. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Central Avenue intersects 1st Street ahead of an at-grade crossing with the Kansas City Southern Railroad line and the parclo B2 interchange with MS 29 (Magnolia Drive) north. Photo taken 11/23/08.
The turn off for MS 29 north through Downtown Wiggins follows the underpass for Magnolia Drive. MS 29 travels northeast from the city center to Flint Creek Water Park along Flint Creek Reservoir. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Heading north from Wiggins, Mississippi 29 navigates along a 32.8 mile course through DeSoto National Forest to U.S. 98 at New Augusta. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Mississippi 26 west & 29 south
Although not acknowledged here, MS 29 south combines with MS 26 (Central Avenue) west one mile to U.S. 49. Photo taken 11/23/08.
MS 26/29 (Central Avenue) enter a diamond interchange with U.S. 49 just west of Fourmile Creek in Wiggins. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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U.S. 49 (Azalea Drive) runs along the west side of Wiggins along an arterial bypass between Magnolia Drive (old U.S. 49). The four lane corridor leads 33 miles north to U.S. 11 in the city of Hattiesburg. Photos taken 11/23/08.
The Wiggins bypass along U.S. 45 dates back to 1965. The overpasses spanning MS 26 can accommodate four lanes along Central Avenue. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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U.S. 49 travels overall from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Piggott in northeastern Arkansas. The south end of the US highway is located at U.S. 90 beyond Downtown Gulfport, 34.5 miles away. Photos taken 11/23/08.
Mississippi 26 west
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Poplarville lies 20 miles to the west via Mississippi 26 from U.S. 45 and Dean Griffin Memorial Airport (M24) at Wiggins. Photos taken 11/23/08.
The historic alignment of Highway 26 took a longer course west from Wiggins via Stillmore. MS 26 stays to the north, crossing Red Creek one mile beyond Old Highway 26. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Magnolia Road meanders south from MS 26, connecting with Old Highway 26 southwest to the community of Silver Run. Photo taken 11/23/08.
The Pearl River County line crosses MS 26 just west of Magnolia Road. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Gumpond Beall Road stems north 4.4 miles from MS 26 at Jess Williams Road to the settlement of Gum Pond. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Bee lining west across Alligator Creek on Mississippi 26. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Lowering toward Wolf Creek along Mississippi 26 westbound. Photo taken 11/23/08.
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Navigating through an S-curve, MS 26 arrives at the rural diamond interchange with Interstate 59 at Poplarville. Photos taken 11/23/08.
Interstate 59 originates from I-10 and I-12 at Slidell and leads northeast to Picayune, Poplarville and Hattiesburg. Photo taken 11/23/08.
Interstate 59 southbound leads directly to I-10 west into the Greater New Orleans area. Photo taken 11/23/08.

Sources:
  1. SR 26 over BLACK CREEK, Stone County, Mississippi BridgeReports.com
  2. Pascagoula River MS 26 Bridge Bridgehunter.com
  3. "George County, Lucedale Must Take Over Highway." Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS), December 15, 2000.


Photo Credits:

07/22/01, 11/23/08, 03/29/09, 06/02/10 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 59
U.S. 49
Highway 57
Highway 63
Highway 198

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