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Mississippi Highway 438 marker

Mississippi Highway 438
Arcola–Trail Lake Road
MS 438 highlighted in pink
Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length17.399 mi[1] (28.001 km)
Existedc. 1950–present
Major junctions
West end MS 1 in Wayside
  US 61 near Arcola
East endSunflower River Road / Kinlock Road south of Kinlock
Location
CountiesWashington
Highway system
MS 436MS 440

Mississippi Highway 438 (MS 438) is a state highway in western Mississippi. The route starts at MS 1 in Wayside and travels eastward. The road travels through farmland and intersects U.S. Route 61 (US 61) and its old alignment near Arcola. MS 438 continues eastward and ends at Sunflower River Road and Kinlock Road on the WashingtonSunflower county line near Kinlock. The route was constructed around 1950, connecting from MS 1 to US 61. The route was extended to the Washington–Sunflower county line by 1958, and to US 49W in Inverness by 1960. The section east of the county line was removed from the route by 1974.

Route description[edit]

Traffic volume on Mississippi Highway 438
Location Volume
East of L&W Fish Farm Road 3,300
East of Dever Road 2,700
East of Hermitage Road 3,000
East of US 61 3,700
West of Smylie Road 380
East of Tribbett Road 210
  • Data was measured in 2017 in terms of AADT
  • Source: Mississippi Department of Transportation[2]

All of the route is located in Washington County.[3] MS 438 is legally defined in Mississippi Code § 65-3-3,[4] and all of it is maintained by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), as part of the Mississippi State Highway System.[1]

MS 438, known as Arcola–Trail Lake Road, starts at the intersection of MS 1 and Thaggard Road in the unincorporated area of Wayside and travels eastward.[3] The route, travelling through farmland,[5] crosses over a drainage ditch near L&W Fish Farm Road and Black Bayou at Dever Road.[3] West of Bennett Street, MS 438 enters the town of Arcola.[6] The route passes through a residential area inside the town, and intersects Old US 61 near Downtown Arcola.[5] At Deer Creek, the road leaves the city limits of the town.[6] MS 483 then intersects US 61 outside the town and re-enters farmland.[5] The route crosses Bogue Phalia near Martha Plantation Road, and intersects Tribbett Road in Tralake. East of Sanders Road, the road begins travelling along the Washington–Sunflower county line.[3] MS 438 ends at a three-way junction with Sunflower River Road and Kinlock Road, adjacent to the Sunflower River.[7]

History[edit]

MS 438 was constructed around 1950, connecting MS 1 in Wayside to US 61 in Arcola as a paved road.[8][9] Eight years later, the route was extended along a paved road eastward to the Washington–Sunflower county line.[10][11] By 1960, a county-maintained gravel road in Sunflower County was added to MS 438, connecting the route to US 49W in Inverness.[11][12] The county road became paved and state-maintained by 1967,[13][14] and a $1,709,403 (equivalent to $12,844,406 in 2018) project to grade the route and other improvements started.[15] Due to budgetary issues,[16] MS 438 was proposed to be decommissioned and returned to county maintenance twice: Once in 1968 after the route became poorly conditioned,[17] and in 1969 to prioritize another road that needed paving in Greenville.[18] A project to improve five miles (8.0 km) of MS 438 in Washington County started in 1969, costing $1,327,260 (equivalent to $9,068,004 in 2018).[19] The section in Sunflower County was removed from the route by 1974.[20][21]

Major intersections[edit]

MS 438 at US 61
CountyLocationmi[5]kmDestinationsNotes
WashingtonWayside0.00.0 MS 1 – Greenville, Glen AllanWestern terminus
9.615.4 US 61 – Leland, Hollandale, Vicksburg
WashingtonSunflower
county line
17.428.0Sunflower River Road / Kinlock RoadEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

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  1. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation Planning Division (December 31, 2016). Mississippi Public Roads Selected Statistics Extent, Travel, and Designation (PDF) (Report). Mississippi Department of Transportation. p. 171. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Mississippi Department of Transportation (2017). "MDOT Traffic Count Application". Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Mississippi Department of Transportation (2014). Washington County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). c. 1:63,360. Jackson: Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Mississippi Legislature. "Sec. 65-3-3: State Highways Designated". Mississippi Code of 1972 as Amended. Mississippi Legislature. Retrieved July 20, 2018 – via LexisNexis.
  5. ^ a b c d Google (July 18, 2018). "Mississippi Highway 438" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Mississippi Department of Transportation (2005). Arcola, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). c. 1:5,004. Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Mississippi Department of Transportation (2015). Sunflower County, Mississippi (PDF) (Map). c. 1:63,360. Jackson: Mississippi Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1949). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1950). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1967). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Mississippi State Highway Commission (1958). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1960). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Mississippi State Highway Commission (1965). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Commission. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  14. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1967). Official Road Map State of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Road Dept. Awards Contracts". The Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, Mississippi. United Press International. January 25, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  16. ^ Powell, Lew (February 12, 1969). "For want of a janitor". The Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, Mississippi. p. 5. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "2 Supervisors Come Out Strongly For Reappraisal, Equalized Taxes". The Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, Mississippi. February 21, 1968. p. 1. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  18. ^ Sims, Judy (February 7, 1969). "Waggoner meets downtown group". The Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, Mississippi. p. 12. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  19. ^ "Local firm gets road contract". The Delta Democrat-Times. Greenville, Mississippi. May 28, 1969. p. 2. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Free to read
  20. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1973). Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Mississippi State Highway Department (1974). Official Highway Map of Mississippi (PDF) (Map). Jackson: Mississippi State Highway Department. Retrieved July 19, 2018.