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U.S. Route 98 is an east-west United States highway that runs from southern Floridamarker to western Mississippimarker. It was established in 1933 as a route between Pensacola, Floridamarker and Apalachicola, Floridamarker, and has since been extended eastward across the Florida Peninsula and westward into Mississippimarker. [81061] It runs along much of the Gulf Coast between Crystal River, Floridamarker and Mobile, Alabamamarker, including extensive sections closely following the coast westward from St. Marks, Floridamarker.

As of 2005, the highway's eastern terminus is Palm Beach, Florida, at State Road A1A. Its western terminus is near Washington, Mississippimarker, at U.S. Route 61.

Route description

U.S. 98's western terminus is in Mississippi, and its eastern terminus is in Florida. Much of its route through Alabama and Florida falls within coastal counties.

Florida

Within Florida, US 98 is marked as an east-west road from the Alabama-Florida border to Perrymarker. Throughout most of the state, the road is marked as a north-south road.

Concurrencies include US 441 from Royal Palm Beachmarker to Okeechobee, US 27 from South Sebring to West Frostproof, US 17 from Fort Meade to Bartow, US 301 from Clinton Heights to Moss Town, SR 50 from Ridge Manor to Brooksville, SR 50A then US 41 in Brooksville, US 19 from Chassahowitzka to Perry, ALT US 27 from Chiefland to Perry, US 319 in Medart and from St. Theresa to Port St. Joe, and US 90 in Pensacola. The hidden designation for most of US 98 across the panhandle of the state of Florida is State Route 30. Between Chassahowitzka and Palm Beachmarker, the hidden designation is State Route 700.

Alabama

In Alabama, U.S. 98 is paired with unsigned Alabama State Route 42. The route enters Alabama from the east near Lillianmarker in rural Baldwin Countymarker. At Daphnemarker, U.S. 98 begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 90. U.S. 90 and 98 junction Interstate 10 at Daphne on the eastern shoremarker of Mobile Baymarker, then again on the western side of the bay as they enter downtown Mobilemarker. As the two routes approach the Mobile River, U.S. 98 is split into two routes, with a Truck Route 98 crossing the Mobile River via the Cochrane-AfricaTown Bridgemarker, co-signed with U.S. 90. Passenger car traffic passes directly into town under the Mobile River via the Bankhead Tunnelmarker. Once the Truck Route rejoins the main route in downtown Mobile, U.S. 98 assumes a northwestward trajectory, and enters Mississippimarker near the community of Wilmer in western Mobile Countymarker. U.S. 98 is the southern terminus of two major U.S. highways: U.S. Route 31, at Spanish Fortmarker, and U.S. Route 45 in Mobile.

Mississippi

U.S. 98 enters the state from the southeast and immediately widens to four lanes. It bypasses Lucedalemarker to the north, and an interchange with Mississippi Highway 63 provides four-laned access to Pascagoulamarker on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, increasing road capacity for hurricane evacuations . At Hattiesburgmarker, an interchange with U.S. Route 49 provides four-laned access to Gulfportmarker (to the south) and Jacksonmarker (to the north). The road continues west from its intersection with U.S. 49 to Interstate 59 at Exit 59, with which it is concurrent through Exit 65 (Hardy Street). The highway runs westward through Columbiamarker before meeting U.S. 51 in McCombmarker. It then joins Interstate 55 from Exit 15 (South McComb) to Exit 20 (Summit). The last remaining two-laned section of U.S. 98 in Mississippi then runs northwestward to Budemarker and Meadvillemarker, becoming concurrent with the four-laned US 84 from Meadville to its western terminus in Washington at U.S. 61, just northeast of Natchezmarker. There is some debate as to whether the highway actually runs with U.S. 61 to Natchez .

U.S. 98 serves as a primary hurricane evacuation route in southern Mississippi, connecting cities along the Mississippi Soundmarker to inland destinations further north.

The Mississippi section of U.S. 98 is defined in Mississippi Code Annotated ยง 65-3-3.

Blue Mountain recorded a song titled "Bloody 98," specifically referring to a two-laned section of the highway between Mobile, Alabamamarker and Hattiesburg, Mississippimarker.

A rock and roll band based out of Mobile, Alabama is named Bloody Ninety Eight as a tribute to the stretch of highway.

See also

Bannered and suffexed routes



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