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Interstate 55
Route information
Length964.25 mi[1] (1,551.81 km)
Major junctions
South endI‑10 in LaPlace, LA
  • I‑20 / US 49 / US 51 in Jackson, MS
  • I‑40 / US 63 / US 79 in West Memphis, AR
  • I‑57 / US 60 in Sikeston, MO
  • I‑44 in St. Louis, MO
  • I‑64 / I‑70 / US 40 in East St. Louis, IL
  • I‑72 / US 36 in Springfield, IL
  • I‑74 in Bloomington, IL
  • I‑39 / US 51 in Normal, IL
  • I‑80 in Channahon, IL
  • I‑90 / I‑94 in Chicago, IL
North endUS 41 in Chicago, IL
StatesLouisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois
Highway system

Interstate 55 (I-55) is a major Interstate Highway in the central United States. As with most interstates that end in a five, it is a major cross-country, north-south route, connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes. The highway travels from LaPlace, Louisiana, at I-10 to Chicago at U.S. Route 41 (US 41, Lake Shore Drive), at McCormick Place. The major cities that I-55 connects to includes (from south to north) Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and St. Louis.

The section of I-55 between Chicago and St. Louis was built as an alternate route for US 66. It crosses the Mississippi River twice: once at Memphis, and again at St. Louis.

  • 2Route description


When it was realized that a national highway system was needed, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 provided for a highway replacing the old Route 66 which I-55 filled. I-55 was originally constructed in the 1960s, to extend a section of Route 66 between I-294 and Gardner which had been converted into a freeway and had Interstate signage installed in 1960. During the rest of the 1960s, I-55 was built in portions throughout Illinois eventually connecting St. Louis to Chicago where it became the fourth direct route between them. As it goes southwards, most of the Interstate was purpose-built during the 1960s and 70s. The entire length was completed in 1979.

Route description[edit]



In Louisiana, I-55 runs nearly 66 miles (106 km) from south to north, from I-10 near Laplace (25 miles (40 km) west of New Orleans) to the Mississippi state line near Kentwood, Louisiana. Approximately ​13 of the distance consists of the Manchac Swamp Bridge, a nearly 23-mile (37 km) causeway, often cited as the third-longest viaduct in the world.


In Mississippi, I-55 runs 290.5 miles (467.5 km) from the Louisiana border near Osyka, Mississippi to Southaven on the Tennessee border, just south of Memphis. Noteworthy cities and towns that I-55 passes through or close by to are McComb, Jackson, and Grenada. This highway parallels US 51 in its path roughly through the center of Mississippi. The eight miles (13 km) from Hernando to the Tennessee state line coincide with the newer I-69.

The Mississippi section of I-55 is defined in the Mississippi Code § 65-3-3.


I-55 in Tennessee lies entirely within the city of Memphis, passing through the southern and western parts of the city and providing a bypass of downtown for motorists who do not want to take I-240 and I-40 through downtown to cross the Mississippi River. The western portion of this highway, which passes through an industrialized section of the city, contains numerous low-clearance bridges, and also a very tight 270-degree cloverleaf turn northbound at Crump Boulevard. The Tennessee Department of Transportation currently has an interchange improvement project for this portion. Heavy truck traffic heading to and from Arkansas in this area is hence directed to detour via I-240 and I-40.

For the Tennessee stretch of the Interstate, the usual national freeway speed limit of 70 mph (115 km/h) is reduced to 65 mph (105 km/h).[2]

55 Gallon Drum

I-255 was the former numbering of I-240 between I-55 and I-40 through midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

I-55 splits from I-40 here in West Memphis, Arkansas and heads north toward Jonesboro and the Missouri border.


I-55 enters Arkansas from Tennessee as it crosses the Mississippi River on the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge. It overlaps I-40 for approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 km) in West Memphis. After separating from I-40, I-55 turns northward and runs with US 61, US 63, and US 64 until US 64 exits in through Marion.[3] I-55/US 61/US 63 continue north through Crittenden County through rural farms of the Arkansas delta, including an interchange with I-555/US 63 in Turrell. I-55 passes through Blytheville, where it has a junction with Highway 18 before entering Missouri.[4] I-55 parallels U.S. 61 in its path through Arkansas, which it continues to do after crossing into Missouri.


I-44/I-55/I-64/I-70 on one highway sign in downtown St. Louis

In Missouri, I-55 runs from the southeastern part of the state, at the Arkansas border, to St. Louis. In this city, I-44 merges in with I-55, and then I-64 (on the Poplar Street Bridge), when crossing the Mississippi River into Illinois.

Among the cities and towns served by I-55 in Missouri are Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, and St. Louis.

As noted above, I-55 parallels US 61 for most of its course through Missouri, from the Arkansas border to the southern portion of St. Louis County.


55 Inch Tv Stand

Northern terminus at Lake Shore Drive/U.S. Route 41 in Chicago.

Through Illinois, I-55 largely follows the 1940 alignment of the former US 66, now Historic US 66 (Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway). It runs from the Poplar Street Bridge in East St. Louis to US 41 in Chicago, passing around the state capital of Springfield and the metro area of Bloomington-Normal.

Within Illinois, I-55 goes by several names. Near the I-270/I-70 split, it is referred to as the Paul Simon Freeway after former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, who began his political career in this region. Further north, between the St. Louis area and Springfield, I-55 is named the Vince Demuzio Expressway for former Illinois State Senator Vince Demuzio. Finally, in the Chicago area between the I-80 interchange near Joliet and I-55's eastern terminus at US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) in Chicago, the expressway is referred to as the Adlai E. Stevenson Expressway in honor of former Illinois governor Adlai E. Stevenson II, who was a two-time Democratic nominee for President of the United States and also the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In July 2018 the stretch of I-55 from I-294 to mile marker 202 near Pontiac was renamed as Barack Obama Presidential Expressway.[5]

When the stretch of I-55 through Illinois was being planned during the 1960s, the state's governor, Otto Kerner, Jr., made an effort to have it routed close to the larger city of Peoria instead of the straighter route through the Bloomington-Normal area. This ultimately failed plan was ridiculed in the press as the so-called 'Kerner Curve.' The need for a freeway connection between Springfield and Peoria was later filled by the spur route I-155. This also connects with nearby Lincoln and Morton and forms a triangle between the three population centers in Central Illinois.[6]

Junction list[edit]

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I‑10 in LaPlace
US 51 northeast of LaPlace. The highways travel concurrently to Hammond.
I‑12 in Hammond
US 190 in Hammond
US 98 in McComb. The highways travel concurrently to Summit.
US 84 south-southwest of Brookhaven
US 51 in Crystal Springs. The highways travel concurrently to Jackson.
I‑20 / US 49 / US 51 in Jackson. I-20/I-55/US 49 travel concurrently to Richland.
I‑220 in Ridgeland
US 82 in Winona
US 278 in Batesville
I‑69 in Hernando. The highways travel concurrently to Memphis, Tennessee.
US 51 in Memphis
I‑69 / I‑240 in Memphis
US 61 in Memphis
US 61 / US 64 / US 70 / US 79 in Memphis. I-55/US 61 travels concurrently to Turrell, Arkansas. I-55/US 64 travels concurrently to Marion, Arkansas. I-55/US 70/US 79 travels concurrently to West Memphis, Arkansas.
I‑40 in West Memphis. The highways travel concurrently through West Memphis.
I‑40 / US 63 / US 79 in West Memphis. I-55/US 63 travels concurrently to Turrell.
I‑555 / US 61 / US 63 in Turrell, Arkansas.
US 61 in Blytheville
US 61 east of Steele. The highways travel concurrently to Portageville.
I‑155 / US 412 in Hayti
US 61 / US 62 in New Madrid
US 61 / US 62 north of New Madrid
I‑57 / US 60 on the Sikeston–Miner city line
US 62 in Miner
US 61 in Scott City. The highways travel concurrently to Cape Cirardeau.
US 61 in Cape Girardeau
US 61 north-northeast of Jackson
US 61 south-southeast of Festus
US 67 in Festus
I‑255 on the Concord–Mehlville CDP line
US 50 / US 61 / US 67 on the Concord–Green Park–Mehlville line
I‑44 on the McKinley Heights–Soulard, St. Louis neighborhood line. The highways travel concurrently to Downtown St. Louis.
I‑44 / I‑64 / US 40 in Downtown, St. Louis. I-55/I-64 travels concurrently to East St. Louis, Illinois. I-55/US 40 travels concurrently to Troy, Illinois.
I‑64 / I‑70 in East St. Louis. I-55/I-70 travels concurrently to northwest of Troy.
I‑255 in Collinsville
I‑70 / I‑270 northwest of Troy
I‑72 / US 36 in Springfield. The highways travel concurrently through Springfield.
I‑155 northwest of Lincoln
US 136 southeast of McLean
I‑74 / US 51 in Bloomington. I-55/I-74 travels concurrently to northwest of Normal. I-55/US 51 travels concurrently to Normal.
US 150 in Bloomington
I‑39 / US 51 in Normal
US 24 in Chenoa
US 6 in Channahon
I‑80 in Channahon
US 52 in Shorewood
US 30 in Joliet
I‑355 on the Bolingbrook–Woodridge city line
I‑294 on the Burr Ridge–Indian Head Park–Countryside line
US 12 / US 20 / US 45 on the Countryside–Hodgkins city line
I‑90 / I‑94 in Armour Square, Chicago
US 41 in Near South Side, Chicago

Auxiliary routes[edit]

  • Spur to Jonesboro, Arkansas: I-555
  • Caruthersville, Missouri to Dyersburg, Tennessee: I-155
  • St. Louis, Missouri, area: I-255
  • Spur to Peoria, Illinois: I-155
  • In the southwestern suburbs of Chicago: I-355


  1. ^ abFederal Highway Administration (December 31, 2013). 'Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways as of December 31, 2013'. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. ^'Getting Around'. City Visitors Guide. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  3. ^Planning and Research Division (January 2, 2007). General Highway Map, Crittenden County, Arkansas(PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  4. ^Planning and Research Division (January 11, 2010). General Highway Map, Mississippi County, Arkansas(PDF) (Map). 1:62500. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
  5. ^Mackey, Brian. 'Illinois Highway To Be Named After Barack Obama'. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  6. ^'Despite dead-end for I-55's Kerner Curve, I-74 changed area forever'. Peoria Journal-Star. January 1, 2000. Retrieved February 17, 2008 – via NewsBank.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 55.

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← 54 55 56 →
List of numbers — Integers
Factorization5 × 11
Divisors1, 5, 11, 55
Greek numeralΝΕ´
Roman numeralLV
Base 361J36

55 (fifty-five) is the natural number following 54 and preceding 56.

  • 2Science


55 is the 10th Fibonacci number[1] and a triangular number (the sum of the consecutive numbers 1 to 10).[2] It is the largest Fibonacci number to also be a triangular number.

It is a square pyramidal number (the sum of the squares of the integers 1 to 5)[3] as well as a heptagonal number,[4] and a centered nonagonal number.[5]

In base 10, it is a Kaprekar number.[6]


  • The atomic number of caesium.


  • Messier objectM55, a magnitude 7.0 globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius
  • The New General Catalogue object NGC 55, a magnitude 7.9 barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor


  • 'Schfifty Five', a song produced by Gröûp X.[7]
  • The name of a song by Kasabian. The song was released as a B side to Club Foot and was recorded live when the band performed at London's Brixton Academy.
  • 'I Can't Drive 55', a song by Sammy Hagar
  • 'Ol' '55', a song by Tom Waits
  • Ol' 55 (band), an Australian rock band.
  • Primer 55 an American band
  • Station 55, an album released in 2005 by Cristian Vogel
  • 55 Cadillac, an album by Andrew W.K.


  • In the United States, the National Maximum Speed Law prohibited speed limits higher than 55 miles per hour (90 km/h) from 1974 to 1987


  • 55 Days at Peking a film starring Charlton Heston and David Niven


Other uses[edit]

  • Gazeta 55, an Albanian newspaper
  • Agitation and Propaganda against the State, also known as Constitution law 55, a law during Communist Albania.
  • The code for international direct dial phone calls to Brazil
  • A 55-gallon drum; see 44 gallon drum
  • Numbered car in NASCAR, currently being driven by David Ragan
  • The Élysée, the official residency of the French Republic president, which address is 55 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris.
  • The number of the laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Sloane's A000045 : Fibonacci numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  2. ^'Sloane's A000217 : Triangular numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  3. ^'Sloane's A000330 : Square pyramidal numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  4. ^'Sloane's A000566 : Heptagonal numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  5. ^'Sloane's A060544 : Centered 9-gonal (also known as nonagonal or enneagonal) numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  6. ^'Sloane's A006886 : Kaprekar numbers'. The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. OEIS Foundation. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  7. ^'Group X'. Albino Blacksheep. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
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