Starting Point: On Poplar Springs Dr, just north of 45th St, in Meridian, Lauderdale County
Ending Point:  At MS 16 west of DeKalb, Kemper County
Official Distance (MDOT):  27.233 miles

Counties:  Lauderdale, Kemper
Cities/towns over 5,000 pop served:  Meridian

Multiplexes:  None

NHS: None

Freeway Segments: None

Other Multilane Segments:  None

Average Daily Traffic (1998):  Ranges from 370 in southern Kemper County to 4,000 in north Meridian.

Notes:  The southern end of this route puzzles me.  I'm not sure why they picked a point in the middle of the block, let alone that point.  As I understand things, the route DID extend down onto downtown Meridian.  When or why it was truncated to its current point, I haven't determined yet.  A plan has surfaced somewhat recently (a prior year's STIP) to widen the route to 5-lanes from North Hills St north to MS 495.  This plan is still in existence, but has been delayed due to MDOT funding issues.

Froggie Suggests:  In addition to some widening in Meridian, I would do two extensions.  One would go north to MS 397.  I would also extend it south in Meridian in one of four ways:
     1)  West along North Hills St to MS 19.
     2)  East along North Hills St to MS 39.
     3)  South along an extended/upgraded 29th Ave to I-20/59.
     4)  South along an upgraded Poplar Springs Dr/24th Ave/23rd Ave/22nd Ave to I-20/59.

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