Starting Point:  At MS 161 near Walls, DeSoto County
Ending Point:  At MS 309 near Barton, Marshall County
Future Ending Point:  At US 72 near Mt. Pleasant, Marshall County
Official Length (MDOT):  26.12 miles

Counties:  DeSoto, Marshall
Cities/towns over 5,000 pop served:  Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive Branch

Multiplexes:  None

NHS:  Entire length east of US 61

Freeway Segments:  None

Other Multilane Segments: 
From MS 301 east to MS 309

Average Daily Traffic (1999):
     West of I-55:  8,700 (east of US 61) to 38,000 (between US 51 and I-55)
     I-55 to US 78:  21,000 (near US 78) to 32,000 (near I-55)
     East of US 78:  2,200 (near MS 309) to 15,000 (near US 78)

Originally just a two-lane road, most of it has now been 4-laned.  The most recent widening opened between US 78 and MS 309, including a freeway-style partial-directional interchange at Germantown Rd (unsigned MS 305).
Construction is underway to extend the 4-lane section east to US 72, as part of the 1987 Highway Program.  Estimated completion in late 2001.
Funding is being located for 4-laning the section between US 61 and MS 301.

What I'd Do:
Study the feasibility of adding interchanges or overpasses/access-roads at MS 301, US 51, and MS 309.
Access management.

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