Mississippi Highway 39

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Mississippi Highway 39

MS 39 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length49.676 mi[1] (79.946 km)
Major junctions
South end I-20 / I-59 / US 11 / US 80 in Meridian
North end US 45 in Shuqualak
CountryUnited States
CountiesLauderdale, Kemper, Noxubee
Highway system
MS 37 MS 41

Mississippi Highway 39 (MS 39) is a major south to north highway in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Spanning 49.7 miles (80.0 km), it connects Meridian and NAS Meridian with DeKalb and Shuqualak.

Route description

MS 39 begins in Lauderdale County in the city of Meridian at the interchange between I-20/59, US 11/80, and MS 19 (Exit 154 A/B on I-20/59). It heads northwest through a business district as a four-lane undivided highway to cross Sowashee Creek and have an interchange with Russell Drive/B Street before making a sharp right onto Front Street (Original US 45). The highway now makes a sharp left turn at the southern end of unsigned MS 884 (OLD US 45) and heads north as a divided highway through neighborhoods and suburbs for several miles before leaving the city limits and entering the hilly woodlands of the North Central Hills. MS 39 passes through the community of Lizelia, where it has an intersection with MS 854 (John C Stennis Drive; provides access to the community of Meridian Station and Naval Air Station Meridian) and narrows to two-lanes, before passing through the community of Daleville and crossing into Kemper County.

I-20 east/I-59 north at the southern terminus of MS 39 in Meridian (exit 154 A/B)

MS 39 travels through hilly woodlands as it passes through the Blackwater community before entering De Kalb and traveling through neighborhoods as it joins Peach Avenue. The highway makes a sharp left onto Church Street for a block before making a sharp right onto Main Avenue and passing straight through downtown (and directly beside the Kemper County Courthouse). MS 39 leaves downtown and has a short concurrency with MS 16 before leaving De Kalb altogether and traveling through hilly remote woodlands for several miles, where it crosses the Sucarnoochee River before entering Noxubee County.

MS 39/MS 21 southbound in Shuqualak

The terrain now flattens out as MS 39 becomes concurrent with MS 21 and enters the town of Shuqualak. MS 21/MS 39 pass straight through the center of town before having an intersection with MS 145, where MS 21 ends, before MS 39 comes to an end at an intersection with US 45.[2]

Major intersections


I-20 / I-59 / US 11 south / US 80 west / MS 19 north – Tuscaloosa, Jackson

MS 19 south to US 45 – Butler
Southern terminus; I-20/59 exit 154; southern end of short US 11/US 80 overlap

US 11 north / US 80 east (Frontage Road) – Russell, Toomsuba, Cuba
Northern end of short US 11/US 80 overlap
0.40.64Russell Driveinterchange; former US 11 / US 80
0.71.1Front Street - Downtown Meridianformer US 45 south
1.11.8Old Highway 45 North (MS 884 north) - Marionformer US 45 north; southern terminus of unsigned MS 884
MS 854 east (John C. Stennis Drive) – Meridian Naval Air Station, Stennis Center, Meridian Station
Western terminus of MS 854
KemperDe Kalb30.348.8
MS 16 east – Scooba
Southern end of MS 16 overlap
MS 16 west – Philadelphia
Northern end of MS 16 overlap

MS 21 south – Philadelphia
South end of MS 21 overlap
Shuqualak49.579.7 MS 145 – Macon, Scooba

MS 21 ends
Northern terminus of MS 21
49.780.0 US 45 – Columbus, MeridianNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Mississippi Public Roads Selected Statistics" (PDF). Mississippi Department of Transportation. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-03. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. ^ Google (May 2, 2021). "Map of Mississippi Highway 39" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 2, 2021.

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