- Interstate 20
The route of the Mississippi section of Interstate 20 is defined in Mississippi Code § 65-3-3.
Interstate 20 (along with Interstate 59) crosses the Alabama state line near York, and it stays conjoined as it passes through western Alabama and Tuscaloosa. At Birmingham, the two highways pass through downtown together before splitting at Exit 130 just east of the Birmingham airport. I-20 continues eastward through Oxford/ [Anniston, Alabama] , and the Talladega National Forest, passing by the
Talladega Superspeedwayin the process, which is visible from the highway.
Also in Birmingham, the intersection of I-20/I-59 and
Interstate 65is known as a Malfunction Junctionbecause of the interchange's somewhat-confusing design, and the number of traffic accidents that occur there.
I-20 enters the Peach State near Tallapoosa and after passing through western Georgia, it enters the
Atlanta metropolitan area. On clear days, eastbound motorists get their first view of downtown Atlanta as they come over the top of the Six Flags Hill. The Six Flags Over Georgiaamusement park is easily visible off exit 47 eastbound. In Atlanta, the highway passes through the heart of the city, crossing Interstate 75and Interstate 85on a common expressway (the " Downtown Connector"). It continues though Metropolitan Atlanta eastward and through the eastern half of Georgia until it exits the state, crossing the Savannah Riverat Augusta, Ga..
Throughout the state, I-20 is conjoined with unsigned Georgia Highway 402. Also, I-20 from the Alabama state line to
Interstate 285in Atlanta is named the "Tom Murphy Freeway", but it is called the "Ralph David Abernathy Freeway" within I-285. The Interstate Highway is also named the Purple Heart Highway from I-285 in DeKalb County to U.S. 441in Madison, Georgia; and it is called the Carl Sanders Highway from U.S.-441 to the South Carolina state line.
Upon leaving Augusta, I-20 crosses the
Savannah Riverand enters the Palmetto State and heads northeastward, bypassing Aiken and Lexington before reaching the state capitol of Columbia, which can be reached most directly by taking I-26east at Exit 63 ("Malfunction Junction"), then, almost immediately, I-126/ U.S. Route 76.
At Columbia, Interstate 20 bypasses the city to the north and again turns northeastward, bypassing Fort Jackson and Camden. After crossing the
Wateree River, it turns due east, passes by tiny Bishopville, before reaching the Florence area. It is near Florence where I-20 sees its eastern terminus at Interstate 95. However, for about two miles (3 km), the highway continues into Florence as Business Spur 20.
I-20 in the Palmetto State is known as either the J. Strom Thurmond Freeway or John C. West Freeway. The first section to be completed was the
bridgeover the Savannah River around 1964, the last, the section between U.S. Route 401and I-95 (including the Business Spur), opened in 1974.
In 2003, The
North CarolinaDepartment of Transportation proposed extending I-20 eastward from Florence to Wilmington at the behest of North Carolina Governor Mike Easley and his 'Strategic Transportation Plan' for the southeast portion of the state. The proposed route would follow U.S. 76 east from Florence to Whiteville, North Carolina, then parallel U.S. 74/U.S. 76 into Wilmington. Part of this route is already designated the future eastern extension of Interstate 74. As part of the 2005 SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation, North Carolina received $5 million for a feasibility study for this extension. While this extension has considerable support among towns in southeastern North Carolina, the South Carolina DOT has stated that they have no interest in upgrading their portion of U.S. 76 to an interstate. This is likely due, in no small part, to encourage eastbound vacationers to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolinarather than Wilmington and that they are concentrating their efforts on plans to build Interstate 73that will terminate near Myrtle Beach.
Interstate 10in Kent, Texas
Interstate 30near Fort Worth, Texas
Interstate 820in Fort Worth, Texas(twice)
*Interstate 35W in
Fort Worth, Texas
*Interstate 35E in
Interstate 45in Dallas, Texas
*Interstate 635 in
*Interstate 220 in
Shreveport, Louisiana(west terminus)
Interstate 49in Shreveport, Louisiana
*Interstate 220 in
Bossier City, Louisiana(eastern terminus)
*Interstate 220 in
Interstate 55in Jackson, Mississippi(I-20 and I-55 briefly run together here)
Interstate 59in Meridian, Mississippi( [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Meridian,+MS&ll=32.341935,-88.767729&spn=0.016327,0.022505&hl=en Map] ). I-20 and I-59 stay connected until Birmingham, Alabama.
Interstate 359in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Interstate 65in Birmingham, Alabama(" Malfunction Junction")
Interstate 59in Birmingham, Alabama
Interstate 459in Birmingham, Alabama(twice)
Interstate 285in Atlanta, Georgia(twice)
Interstate 75/ Interstate 85in Atlanta, Georgia. Both follow the same stretch of freeway known as the Downtown Connector.
Interstate 520in Augusta, Georgia
Interstate 26in Columbia, South Carolina
Interstate 77in Columbia, South Carolina
*Interstate 95 in
Florence, South Carolina( [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Florence,+SC&ll=34.189086,-79.836273&spn=0.127882,0.180038&hl=en Map] )
Two Interstate 420s were planned, but never completed or built. One was to be a bypass around
Monroe, Louisiana, but was never built. The other I-420 was planned as a bypass to the south of downtown Atlanta. Due to anti-freeway sentiments, this I-420 was never completed, and the already-built portion has been signed as GA 154/GA 166, named Langford Parkway(formerly the Lakewood Freeway). Additionally, it is highly unlikelyOr|date=February 2008 that any road will ever be designated as "Route 420," due to that number being popular in the drug trade.Fact|date=February 2008Dubious|date=March 2008
*http://www.duke.edu/~rmalme/i74seg18.html I-20 in NC discussion on I-74 in North Carolina Progress Page, accessed October 4, 2005.
*http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-020.html I-20 on Interstate-Guide.com
*http://www.duke.edu/~rmalme/ncfutint.html Proposed I-20 extension in North Carolina
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