Interstate 55 in Missouri

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Interstate 55 marker

Interstate 55
Route information
Maintained by Missouri DOT
Length:210.45 mi[1] (338.69 km)
Existed:1956 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-55 at Arkansas state line
  I-155 / US 412 near Hayti
I-57 / US 60 in Miner
US 62 in Sikeston
I-255 / I-270 in Mehlville
US 50 / US 61 / US 67 in Mehlville
I-44 in St. Louis
I-64 / US 40 in St. Louis
North end: I-55 / I-64 / US 40 in St. Louis
Highway system

Missouri Highways
Supplemental

US 54US 56
 
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Interstate 55 marker

Interstate 55
Route information
Maintained by Missouri DOT
Length:210.45 mi[1] (338.69 km)
Existed:1956 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-55 at Arkansas state line
  I-155 / US 412 near Hayti
I-57 / US 60 in Miner
US 62 in Sikeston
I-255 / I-270 in Mehlville
US 50 / US 61 / US 67 in Mehlville
I-44 in St. Louis
I-64 / US 40 in St. Louis
North end: I-55 / I-64 / US 40 in St. Louis
Highway system

Missouri Highways
Supplemental

US 54US 56

In the U.S. state of Missouri, Interstate 55 runs from the Arkansas state line to the Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

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Route description

Interstate 55 enters Missouri at the Arkansas border near Cooter. It runs northward through mostly flat land in the Bootheel, where it has an interchange with U.S. Route 412 and Interstate 155. The highway continues over flat land through or near the towns of Hayti, Portageville, and New Madrid before reaching an interchange with U.S. Route 60 and Interstate 57 just south of Sikeston. The next interchange, U.S. Route 62, provides access into the city of Sikeston and one of its most popular attractions, Lambert's Cafe, the "Home of the Throwed Rolls".

North of Sikeston, I-55 begins to traverse rolling terrain on its way to Cape Girardeau. Exit 95, Route 74 east, provides direct access to the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into southern Illinois. The heart of the city of Cape Girardeau as well as Southeast Missouri State University can be reached by taking either Exit 96 or Exit 99.

I-55 then goes through rural areas again as it makes a north-northwesterly run through the towns of Perryville and Ste. Genevieve before entering the southern reaches of the St. Louis metro area at the interchange with U.S. Route 67 and the Twin Cities of Festus and Crystal City. U.S. Route 61 and 67 run concurrently immediately east of I-55 nearly due north through the Jefferson County towns of Herculaneum, Pevely (where the interstate expands from 4 lanes to 6), Barnhart (and then to 8), Imperial, and finally Arnold before crossing the Meramec River into St. Louis County.

From Richardson Road in Arnold to I-270, I-55 is 10 lanes wide. The interstate narrows back down to 8 lanes past I-270, through southern St. Louis County, and into the city of St. Louis. In the last few miles of I-55 in the state of Missouri, there is an interchange with Interstate 44 before reaching the Poplar Street Bridge crossing into Illinois.

Current construction

Missouri Department of Transportation is currently working to widen Interstate 55 to six lanes between Route Z and Route M in Jefferson County. Also being improved is the I-55 & M interchange, with the old southbound entrance loop ramp being replaced with a new slip ramp accessible via a new roundabout from Metropolitan Blvd. The current southbound exit ramp will be straightened to remove the S-curve as well.

The Delor Ave. bridge over I-55 is scheduled to be demolished in March 2011 by MoDOT[2], with the replacement scheduled to be open by Fall 2011.

History

Sponsorship controversy

The white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan began fighting several court battles with the state of Missouri after the state disputed its right to sponsor a stretch of freeway in Saint Louis County and Jefferson County, near St. Louis. In March 2001, after a U.S. District Court judge found that blocking the Klan's sponsorship was unconstitutional, the Court of Appeals ruled that the state must erect signs announcing the group's sponsorship. However, the Missouri Legislature later voted to rename the stretch of I-55 the "Rosa Parks Freeway" in honor of the Montgomery civil rights hero who began the Montgomery bus boycott. When asked how she felt about this honor, she is reported to have commented, "It is always nice to be thought of."[3] The Klan were eventually dropped from the scheme on April 4, 2001, on the grounds that for the duration of their sponsorship, they had not once cleaned the freeway.

Exit list

CountyLocationMile#DestinationsNotes
Pemiscot1 Route O to US 61 – Holland
4 Route E – Cooter, Holland
8 US 61 south / Route 164 – SteeleSouth end of US 61 overlap
14 Route U / Route H / Route J – Caruthersville, Braggadocio
17 I-155 east / US 412 – Caruthersville, Dyersburg, Hayti, KennettSigned as exits 17A (east) and 17B (west)
Hayti19 Route 84 – Hayti, Caruthersville
27 Route K / Route A / Route BB – Wardell
New MadridPortageville32 US 61 north / Route 162 – PortagevilleNorth end of US 61 overlap
Marston40 Route EE (St. Jude Road) – Marston
New Madrid44 I-55 Bus. north / US 61 / US 62 – New Madrid, Howardville
49 I-55 Bus. south / US 61 / US 62 – New Madrid, Kewanee
52 Route P – Kewanee
58 Route 80 – Matthews, East Prairie
ScottSikeston66 I-57 north / US 60 – Dexter, Poplar Bluff, ChicagoSigned as exits 66A (north/east) and 66B (west)
67 US 62 – Sikeston, Bertrand
69 Route HH – Miner, Sikeston
80 Route 77 – Benton, Diehlstadt
Scott City89 US 61 south / Route M / Route K – Scott City, ChaffeeSouth end of US 61 overlap
91 Route AB – Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
Cape GirardeauCape Girardeau93 I-55 Bus. north / US 61 north / Route 74 west – Dutchtown, Cape GirardeauNorth end of US 61 overlap; south end of Route 74 overlap; signed as exits 93A (west) and 93B (north) northbound
95 Route 74 east – Cape GirardeauNorth end of Route 74 overlap
96 Route K – Cape Girardeau, Gordonville
99 I-55 Bus. / US 61 / Route 34 – Cape Girardeau, Jackson
105 I-55 Bus. south / US 61 – Fruitland, Jackson
111 Route E – Oak Ridge
117 Route KK – Old Appleton
Perry123 Route B – Biehle
Perryville129 Route 51 – Perryville
135 Route M – Brewer
Ste. Genevieve141 Route Z – St. Mary
143 Route N / Route J / Route M – Ozora
150 Route 32 / Route B / Route A – Ste. Genevieve, Farmington
154 Route O – Ste. Genevieve, Rocky Ridge
157 Route Y – Bloomsdale
162 Route DD / Route OO
Jefferson170 US 61
Crystal City174 I-55 Bus. north / US 67 – Crystal City, Farmington, Bonne TerreSigned as exits 174A (north) and 174B (south)
Festus175 Route A – Hillsboro, Festus
Herculaneum178 I-55 Bus. south – Herculaneum
Pevely180 Route Z – Pevely
Barnhart185 Route M – Barnhart, Antonia
Imperial186Imperial Main Street
Arnold190Richardson RoadSigned as Richardson Road/Vogel Road southbound
191 Route 141 – Arnold, Fenton
St. Louis County193Meramec Bottom Road
195Butler Hill Road
196 I-255 east / I-270 west – Chicago, Kansas City
197 US 61 / US 67 / US 50 (Lindbergh Boulevard)Southbound exit via Exit 196
199Reavis Barracks Road
200Union RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
201ABayless Avenue
201BWeber RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
City of St. Louis202ACarondelet BoulevardNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
202BGermania AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
202CLoughborough Avenue
203Virginia Avenue, Bates Street
2044500 South Broadway
205Gasconade StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
206APotomac StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
206B3200 South BroadwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
206CArsenal Street
207AGravois AvenueNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
207B I-44 west – TulsaSigned as exit 207 southbound
290C12th Street, Gravois AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
207CTruman ParkwayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
208Park Avenue, 7th Street
292Memorial Drive – Downtown St. Louis, Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium
40C I-64 west / US 40 west – St. LouisSouth end of I-64 / US 40 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
209B I-44 east / Memorial Drive to I-70 west – Kansas CitySouth end of I-44 overlap
Poplar Street Bridge over the Mississippi River (state line)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/former     Incomplete access     Unopened

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