Transportation - Highways
Mississippi is on the move with a transportation network that is in place and on-line to ensure efficient access to the markets of the United States and the world. Highways in Mississippi are continuously being improved. In fact, the Mississippi highway system was recently ranked as best in the mid-South.
The Economic Development Highway Fund authorizes the Mississippi Development Authority to identify road construction necessary to make business sites accessible to other highways and road facilities. General obligation bonds are available to cover expenses incurred on the construction and improvement of highways. Companies with aggregate assets of $1 billion in the state that make a $20 million capital investment, and businesses with capital investments of at least $50 million that engage in agricultural, aquacultural, maricultural processing, distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, or research and development qualify for this program.
Through the Access Road Program, MDA designates locations for the construction of road or highway links connecting industrial sites to existing highways. These links are usually built in tenth-of-a-mile increments but are funded through the highway fund of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, and, as appropriate, reimbursed by the Mississippi Development Authority.
Mississippi's highway system includes five interstate highways and 14 federal highways. Since traffic congestion is minimal, industry experiences little lost time in highway shipments and can draw on a wider labor force area. Commuting distances up to forty miles are common throughout the state.
- Interstate 55, running north and south, provides an artery to major markets such as Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans.
- Interstates 10 and 20, running east and west, provide an artery to major markets such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas and Los Angeles. Interstate 10 crosses the county and connects to two additional interstates within 20 miles.
- Interstate 59, running north and south, connects southeast Mississippi to major markets such as New Orleans, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Chattanooga.
- U.S. 49, running north and south, provides great access to Southeast Mississippi. U.S. 49 connects into Interstates 10, 20, 55 and 59, which gives direct access to major markets in the United States.