Mississippi 198 represents state-maintained sections of former U.S. 98 through cities and towns bypassed by four-lane alignments. There are six overall branches of Mississippi 198, located at Tylertown, Columbia, Hattiesburg, Beaumont, McLain and Lucedale. U.S. 98 between McComb and the Alabama state line was expanded as part of the Mississippi Department of Transportation's 1987 Four - Lane Highway Program. This included new terrain alignments around existing communities.
The branch for MS 198 at Hattiesburg spurs east along Hardy Street from the exchange joining Interstate 59 with U.S. 98. A commercial arterial, the 1.25-mile long route connects the freeway with the University of Southern Mississippi and U.S. 49.
Mississippi 198 through the town of Beaumont forms a five-mile loop north from U.S. 98. The state route dog legs along Bradley Avenue, crossing the CN Railroad between Railroad Street and Mississippi 15. Mississippi 15 and 198 overlap southeast from the town center to a folded diamond interchange with the U.S. 98 expressway. The Beaumont bypass for U.S. 98 was constructed by 1992.
Bypassed by 1991, the MS 198 branch through McLain lines Main Street south from U.S. 98 to the town center. The 2.5-mile long route shares an implied overlap with MS 57 north for the return back to U.S. 98. This alignment replaced a bridge across the Leaf River. The span was permanently closed, and subsequently demolished.
Mississippi 198 east
Mississippi 198 branches south from U.S. 98 to join Main Street leading into McLain. Photo taken 05/14/02.
A deactivated one-piece four-way signal hung above the intersection of Main Street and Church Avenue at the McLain town center. Church Avenue north leads to U.S. 98 and Old Highway 24. Photo taken September 2000.
MS 198 east at the former alignment of MS 57 at Brown Street. With the permanent closure of the Leaf River bridge along MS 57 and 198, MS 57 was realigned to tie into U.S. 98 west of the Leaf River. Photo taken 04/25/02.
Mississippi 198 west
Reassurance shield for MS 198 west, posted after the original split with MS 57 south along East Main Street. Main Street parallels a CN Railroad line through McLain. The line accompanies U.S. 98 between Mobile, Alabama and Hattiesburg. Photo taken 04/25/02.
The McLain segment of MS 198 west concludes at an unmarked intersection with U.S. 98. Photo taken 04/25/02.
Through George County and Lucedale, Mississippi 198 loops 10.7 miles south from U.S. 98. The route follows Main Street through Downtown, and formerly overlapped with Mississippi 63 east from Winter Street to Evanston Road.
Mississippi 198 east
MS 198 separates from U.S. 98 at C.F. Eubanks Road. The state route overtakes the former U.S. 98 along Main Street, which extends west nearby as a service road. Photo taken 10/20/99.
MS 198 makes an S-curve south toward Lucedale and passes below a Canadian National Railroad bridge. Photo taken 10/20/99.
Advancing 2.4 miles southeast from the MS 63 expressway overpasses, MS 198 (Main Street) enters Downtown Lucedale and intersects the east end of MS 26. MS 26 formerly overlapped with MS 63 south along Winter Street. Photo taken 05/25/02.
Main Street continues east through the Lucedale business district. Winter Street extends north another three blocks to Pine Street while MS 26 south leads to MS 63 south to Moss Point. Photo taken 05/25/02.
The confirming marker for Mississippi 198 east after Mississippi 26 (Winter Street) was removed by 2016. It originally appeared along side a shield for Mississippi 63 north. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Summer Street north to Beaver Dam Road links Downtown Lucedale with the U.S. 98 bypass. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Two blocks east of Summer Street, MS 198 (Main Street) intersects the north end of MS 613 (Mill Street). Photo taken 06/02/10.
Mississippi 613 is a north-south alternative to Mississippi 63, linking Lucedale with Hurley, before continuing southward to Escatawpa, Moss Point and ultimately Pascagoula Photo taken 03/29/09.
A vintage one-piece four-way flasher at Main and Howard Streets. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Leaving the city of Lucedale, Mississippi 198 (Main Street) spans both Depot Creek and the CN Railroad. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Eastbound MS 198 formerly split with MS 63 north at the four-way stop sign with Evanston Road. The former alignment north to MS 594 was renamed Old Highway 63 north. Photo taken 06/02/10.
The last reassurance marker for MS 198 stands east of Old Highway 63. Photo taken 06/02/10.
MS 198 returns to U.S. 98 opposite Rocky Creek Road north. Photo taken 06/02/10.
The U.S. 98 expressway heads 7.2 miles southeast to the Alabama state line and 39.5 miles west to MS 29 at New Augusta. Photo taken 06/02/10.
Mississippi 198 west
U.S. 98 shield assembly at the western end of the Lucedale section for Mississippi 198. C.F. Eubanks Road stems north from the intersection to a handful of homes. Photo taken 10/20/99.