Interstate 155 Missouri / Tennessee

Routing

Interstate 155 is a rural freeway connecting I-155 and U.S. 412 at Hayti, Missouri with the Future I-69 corridor and U.S. 51 at Dyersburg, Tennessee. U.S. 412 overlays the entire route, which represents one of three Mississippi River crossings for the state of Tennessee.

The east end of I-155 provides a seamless connection with the U.S. 51 freeway leading northeast to Troy. U.S. 51 extends north from Troy to Union City as an at-grade four-lane highway. Construction on the 45-mile long section of future Interstate 69 from Dyersburg to the Kentucky state line got underway in the 1990s around Union City. However work was halted in 2012 due to a lack of federal funding. The state resumed work on the first of five segments in 2016. Costing $46.3 million, the 2.87 mile section will link SR 5 and U.S. 51 when it opens in October 2019.1

With passage of the Tennessee IMPROVE Act in 2017, work on the remainder of the $205.9 million Obion County sections north to Fulton, Kentucky and south to Troy advances. Completion of the new freeway is expected by 2020.1,2 I-69 will overlay the existing U.S. 51 freeway southwest from Troy to I-155 at Dyersburg. Minimal upgrades are needed to upgrade the route to Interstate standards.1

History

The Carutherville Bridge across the Mississippi River opened to traffic in 1971.3 The section of Interstate 155 between Exit 4 (Simpson Road) and Exit 16 (U.S. 51 and SR 3) was completed in November 1979.4

MoDOT upgraded U.S. 412 to a four-lane expressway west from I-55/155 at Hayti to Kennett. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the final segment was held on June 29, 2007. The final phase cost $65 million and was completed in early July 2007.5

Western Terminus - Interstate 55 - Hayti, Missouri
Historic Perspective from Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 west
Entering the final two miles of Interstate 155 westbound on the rural outskirts of Hayti. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
An end sign for I-155 precedes I-55 by one mile. U.S. 61 overlaps with I-55 between Steele (Exit 8) to the south and Portageville (Exit 32) to the north. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Interstate 155 concludes as traffic partitions for I-55 north to Cape Girardeau and south to Blytheville, Arkansas. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
U.S. 412 extends west from I-55/155 along an at-grade bypass route of Hayti en route to Kennett. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Historic Perspective from Interstate 55 & U.S. 61 south
Interstate 55 & U.S. 61 southbound at Missouri 84 (Exit 19) and Hayti. U.S. 412 formerly overlapped with I-55 south to make the connection with I-155 east at this exchange. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
One half mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 17B/A) with Interstate 155 east and U.S. 412 on I-55 & U.S. 61 south. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
A left exit departs from I-55 & U.S. 61 south for I-155 & U.S. 412 east to the Pemiscot county seat of Caruthersville and Dyersburg, Tennessee. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 angle southeast across agricultural areas outside Caruthersville through to Caruthersville Bridge across the Mississippi River. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Button copy sign for Interstate 155 east at the Exit 17A gore point. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Perspective from Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 east
The first confirming markers for the Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 eastbound overlap. The two routes run together through to Dyersburg. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Perspective from Interstate 55 & U.S. 61 north
Two miles south of Interstate 155 east and U.S. 412 on I-55 & U.S. 61 north. Photo by Steve Hanudel (08/19/05).
Traversing agricultural areas, I-55 & U.S. 61 north approach the city of Hayti and west end of I-155. U.S. 412 bypasses the Hayti and the neighboring city of Hayti Heights to the west along an expressway. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (08/19/05).
Exit 17A leaves I-55 & U.S. 61 north for I-155 & U.S. 412 east to Caruthersville and western Tennessee. Photo taken by Steve Hanudel (08/19/05).
Historic Perspective from Interstate 55 & U.S. 61 north
I-55 & U.S. 61 north at the then-incompete cloverleaf interchange with I-155 & U.S. 412 east. The Hayti bypass to the west was completed on June 29, 2007. Photo by Jeff Morrison (12/29/01).
Eastern Terminus - U.S. 51 and Future Interstate 69 - Dyersburg, Tennessee
Perspective from Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 east
I-155 & U.S. 412 bypass Dyersburg to the north through to Exit 15 with U.S. 51. U.S. 412 combines with U.S. 51 south briefly while following an expressway around the east side of Dyersburg en route to Jackson. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
U.S. 51 also bypass Dyersburg, but along an commercial arterial bypass through to St. John Avenue. The route angles northeast to combine with U.S. 412 at an adjacent interchange. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
Interstate 155 east defaults onto U.S. 51 north toward Union City. The Obion County seat is a 30 mile drive to the northeast. This stretch of freeway is apart of the future I-69 corridor between Dyersburg and Fulton, Kentucky. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).
An end sign formally marks the eastern terminus of Interstate 155 within the trumpet interchange joining the freeway with U.S. 51. Photo taken by Robert E. Lee (04/02).
Perspective from U.S. 51 south
The freeway for U.S. 51 originates 21.2 miles to the northeast at Troy. The future I-69 corridor will overlay I-155 west from the exchange taking U.S. 51 south along U.S. 412 east into Dyersburg. Photo taken by Robert E. Lee (04/02).
Perspective from U.S. 51 north
U.S. 51 loops onto the U.S. 412 freeway for a 0.4 mile overlap from St. John Avenue to I-155 in northeast Dyersburg. SR 211 extends northeast along the pre-freeway route of U.S. 51 seven miles to Newbern. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/21/03).
Single lane ramps separate for U.S. 51 north to Troy and Union City and I-155 & U.S. 412 west to Caruthersville and Hayti, Missouri. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/21/03).
Perspective from Interstate 155 & U.S. 412 west
Leading west from U.S. 51, I-155 & U.S. 412 run along the north side of Dyersburg. The first of three interchanges in the Volunteer State lies two miles ahead with SR 78. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (07/18/03).

Sources:

  1. "I-69 project revived ~ez_euro~" but only in Obion County." Jackson Sun (TN), October 30, 2016.
  2. "I-69 corridor around Union City to be completed by 2020." WNNJ (Jackson, TN), May 23, 2017.
  3. "Feasibility study of toll bridge linking Mississippi County, Ark., to Tipton County, Tenn., contemplated." State Gazette (Dyersburg, TN), August 28, 2003.
  4. Tennessee Interstate 50th Anniversary: Maps of Interstate Development (January 2006). http://www.tninterstate50.com/maps.htm
  5. Route 412 Ribboncutting Ceremony. MoDOT Southeast District web site.

Page Updated June 8, 2018.