Mississippi 57

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Traveling 98.4 miles from U.S. 90 by Ocean Springs to U.S. 45 at State Line, Highway 57 is one of three routes connecting Jackson County with interior areas of southeastern Mississippi. The state highway traverses portions of Pascagoula River State Wildlife Management Area and De Soto National Forest along a lightly traveled route north from Vancleave to the rural town of McLain. Turning east, MS 57 overlaps with U.S. 98 across the Leaf River before separating en route to the Greene County seat of Leakesville.

MS 63 combines with MS 57 southeast over the Chickawawhay River to a four lane corridor extending north from Moss Point and Lucedale to State Line. MS 63 follows the highway south while MS 57 takes it north. The state highway converges with U.S. 45 at a trumpet interchange south of Waynesboro.

Historically, the alignment of MS 57 was designated as MS 59, and what is MS 15 to the west from D'Iberville northward was the original MS 57. The state highway was also realigned with the completion of the four lane highway east of Leakesville.


Mississippi 57 north
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Mississippi 57 crossed Red Creek on a 242 foot long through truss bridge built in 1959.1
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The Red Creek bridge along MS 57 was severely damaged when a truck carrying construction equipment collided with the span. Closed in September 2017, a $7.7 million contract was awarded for a replacement bridge. The new span is expected to open by late summer 2019.2 Photos taken 04/25/02.
Highway 57 crosses the George County line north of Red Creek along side Pascagoula River State Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 04/25/02.
MS 57 intersects MS 26 at a traffic light, 33.8 miles north of Interstate 10 at Benndale. Photo taken 04/25/02.
As equally a rural highway as MS 57, MS 26 connects the county seats of Wiggins to the west and Lucedale to the east. Photo taken 04/25/02.
Entering southwest Greene County north of Advent on MS 57 north in DeSoto National Forest. Photo taken 04/25/02.
MS 57 formerly traveled along Main Street north toward MS 42 (St. Peter Street) in the town of State Line. State maintenance ended just north of St. Paul Street prior to relocation of MS 57 east onto the expressway bypass in 2007. Photo taken 02/10/02.
Main Street extends north 5.7 miles from MS 42 (St. Peter Street) to U.S. 45. MS 42 connects with the State Line bypass at a diamond interchange nearby. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Mississippi 57 south
The previous start of MS 57 southbound was located south of St. Charles Street in the town of State Line. With the expressway for MS 57 opened to the east, the remainder of Main Street south of MS 42 was turned over to local control. Photo taken 05/09/09.
Prior to the realignment in 2007, the lone reassurance marker for MS 57 southbound between MS 42 and MS 63 outside Leakesville was this assembly posted along Main Street in the town of State Line. Photo taken 02/10/02.
Confirming marker posted south of MS 26 at Benndale. Photo taken 08/21/01.
MS 57 south concludes at U.S. 90 and Old 57 Road along the eastern city limits of Ocean Springs. Photo taken 08/20/01.

Sources:

  1. Red Creek MS 57 Bridge. Bridgehunter.com.
  2. "Construction of Hwy. 57 bridge over Red Creek underway." gulflive.com (Mississippi Press), January 18, 2019.


Photo Credits:

08/20/01, 08/21/01, 02/10/02, 04/25/02, 05/09/09 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 10
U.S. 90
U.S. 98
Mississippi 26
Mississippi 42
Mississippi 63

Page Updated 03-22-2019.