Interstate 55 in Missouri
I-55 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MoDOT|
|Length||210.45 mi (338.69 km)|
|Counties||Pemiscot, New Madrid, Scott, Cape Girardeau, Perry, Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, St. Louis, City of St. Louis|
Interstate 55 enters Missouri at the Arkansas border near Cooter. It runs northward through mostly flat land in the Bootheel, where it has an interchange with U.S. Route 412 and Interstate 155. The highway continues over bumpy land through or near the towns of Hayti, Portageville, and New Madrid before reaching an interchange with U.S. Route 60 and Interstate 57 just south of Sikeston. The next interchange, U.S. Route 62, provides access into the city of Sikeston and one of its most popular attractions, Lambert's Cafe, the "Home of the Throwed Rolls".
North of Sikeston, I-55 begins to traverse rolling terrain on its way to Cape Girardeau. Exit 95, Route 74 east, provides direct access to the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge into southern Illinois. The heart of the city of Cape Girardeau as well as Southeast Missouri State University can be reached by taking either Exit 96 or Exit 99.
I-55 then goes through rural areas again as it makes a north-northwesterly run through the towns of Perryville and Ste. Genevieve before entering the southern reaches of the St. Louis metro area at the interchange with U.S. Route 67 and the Twin Cities of Festus and Crystal City. U.S. Route 61 and 67 run concurrently immediately east of I-55 nearly due north through the Jefferson County towns of Herculaneum, Pevely (where the interstate expands from 4 lanes to 6), Barnhart (and then to 8), Imperial, and finally Arnold before crossing the Meramec River into St. Louis County.
From Richardson Road in Arnold to I-270, I-55 is 10 lanes wide. The interstate narrows back down to 8 lanes past I-270, through southern St. Louis County, and into the city of St. Louis. In the last few miles of I-55 in the state of Missouri, there is an interchange/brief overlap with Interstate 44 before reaching the Poplar Street Bridge crossing into Illinois.
The white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan began fighting several court battles with the state of Missouri after the state disputed its right to sponsor a stretch of freeway in Saint Louis County and Jefferson County, near St. Louis. In March 2001, after a U.S. District Court judge found that blocking the Klan's sponsorship was unconstitutional, the Court of Appeals ruled that the state must erect signs announcing the group's sponsorship. However, the Missouri Legislature later voted to rename the stretch of I-55 the "Rosa Parks Freeway" in honor of the Montgomery civil rights hero who began the Montgomery bus boycott. When asked how she felt about this honor, she is reported to have commented, "It is always nice to be thought of." The Klan were eventually dropped from the scheme on April 4, 2001, on the grounds that for the duration of their sponsorship, they had not once cleaned the freeway.
|Pemiscot||||0.000||0.000||Continuation into Arkansas|
|||7.977||12.838||8||Southern end of US 61 overlap|
|||17.644||28.395||17||Signed as exits 17A (east) and 17B (west); I-155/US 412 exits 1A-B|
|New Madrid||Portageville||32.905||52.955||32||Northern end of US 61 overlap|
|Scott||Sikeston||66.177||106.502||66||Signed as exits 66A (north/east) and 66B (west); I-57/US 60 exits 1A-B; current southern terminus of I-57|
|Scott City||89.717||144.386||89||Southern end of US 61 overlap|
|Cape Girardeau||Cape Girardeau||93.504||150.480||93||Northern end of US 61 overlap; southern end of Route 74 overlap; signed as exits 93A (west) and 93B (north) northbound|
|95.245||153.282||95||Northern end of Route 74 overlap|
|||102.304||164.642||102||East Main Street, LaSalle Avenue|
|Crystal City||174.470||280.782||174||Signed as exits 174A (north) and 174B (south)|
|Imperial||186.892||300.774||186||Imperial Main Street|
|Arnold||190.188||306.078||190||Richardson Road||Signed as Richardson Road/Vogel Road southbound|
|St. Louis||||193.475||311.368||193||Meramec Bottom Road|
|||195.409||314.480||195||Butler Hill Road|
|||196.947||316.955||196||I-255/270 exits 1A-B.|
|||197.519||317.876||197||Southbound exit via exit 196|
|||199.583||321.198||199||Reavis Barracks Road|
|||200.309||322.366||200||Union Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|City of St. Louis||201.761||324.703||201B||Weber Road||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|202.229||325.456||202A||Carondelet Boulevard, River City Boulevard||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|202.305||325.578||202B||Germania Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|203.877||328.108||203||Virginia Avenue, Bates Street|
|204.894||329.745||204||4500 South Broadway|
|205.526||330.762||205||Gasconade Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|206.346||332.082||206A||Potomac Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|206.597||332.486||206B||3200 South Broadway||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|207.803||334.427||207A||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; MO 30 unsigned|
|207.836||334.480||207||Truman Parkway||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|207.982||334.715||207B||Signed as exit 207 southbound; southern end of I-44 overlap|
|208.040||334.808||290||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; MO 30 unsigned|
|208.614||335.732||208||Park Avenue, 7th Street|
|209.315||336.860||40C||Southern end of I-64 / US 40 overlaps; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|209.190||336.659||291A||Southbound signed as exit 40B|
|Mississippi River||209.689||337.462||Poplar Street Bridge; Missouri–Illinois state line|
|St. Clair||East St. Louis||Continuation into Illinois|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
I-155: A spur running from I-55 in Hayti, MO to US-51 in Dyersburg, TN; overlaps with U.S. Route 412 for its entire length. Eight miles of this highway will be absorbed into the newly extended Interstate 69 in the future. I-255: The eastern third of the beltway around the St. Louis Metro Area (with I-270 forming the remaining two-thirds) BL I-55: I-55 has three business loops in Missouri.
- "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System - table 1". Federal Highway Administration. October 31, 2002. Retrieved July 8, 2007.
- Scruggs, Yvonne (February 4, 2003). "Happy Birthday, Rosa Parks!". Women's eNews. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Missouri Department of Transportation (September 6, 2016). MoDOT HPMAPS (Map). Missouri Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
- The Name Game, at Snopes.com.