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Encyclopedia > U.S. Highway 45

United States Highway 45 is a north-south United States highway. US 45 is a border-to-border route, from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Mexico. A sign at the highway's northern terminus notes the total distance as 1,300 miles (2,092 km). Image File history File links US45. ... Current U.S. Highway shield The United States Highway System is an integrated system of roads in the United States numbered within a nationwide grid. ... The Great Lakes from space; Lake Superior is on the upper left Lake Superior (known as Gitchigume in a Native American language) is the largest of North Americas Great Lakes. ... Gulf of Mexico. ...

Off-center U.S. 45 signage in Jackson, Tennessee
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Off-center U.S. 45 signage in Jackson, Tennessee

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US 45 Bypass in Jackson, TN. Photo by submitter, released without restriction. ... US 45 Bypass in Jackson, TN. Photo by submitter, released without restriction. ...


Recent Activity

Except for short sections near cities, Highway 45 was still almost entirely a two-lane roadway though Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee well into the 1980s. Except for two stretches of US 45W, which are currently in a survey-and-design stage, all of US 45 in Tennessee has been converted to or replaced by four-lane, often divided, expressways, most of which since the administration of Governor Ned McWherter, a native of West Tennessee who also launched numerous other highway projects, stiffened penalties for drunk driving, and raised the state speed limit to 65 MPH. From Fulton to Mayfield, Kentucky, US 45 is paralleled by the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway, built in the late 1960s. From Mayfield to Paducah, it is a four-lane divided expressway. State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Other U.S. States Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Official languages English Area 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² (30th)  - Land 50,750 mi²/131,442 km²  - Water 1... State nickname: Magnolia State Other U.S. States Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Governor Haley Barbour (R) Senators Thad Cochran (R) Trent Lott (R) Official language(s) English Area 125,546 km² (32nd)  - Land 121,606 km²  - Water 3,940 km² (3%) Population (2000)  - Population 2,697,243 (31st)  - Density... State nickname: Volunteer State Other U.S. States Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Senators Bill Frist (R) Lamar Alexander (R) Official languages English Area 109,247 km² (36th)  - Land 106,846 km²  - Water 2,400 km² (2. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Ned Ray McWherter (born October 15, 1930) is an American politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1987 to 1995. ... West Tennessee is one of the three traditional regions in the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... Drunk driving (drink driving in the UK) or drinking and driving is the act of operating a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol (i. ... It has been suggested that the section Speed limits from the article Interstate Highway be merged into this article or section. ... Fulton is a city located in Fulton County, Kentucky. ... Mayfield is a city located in Graves County, Kentucky. ... Shield marks the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Paducah is a city located in McCracken County, Kentucky at the confluence of the Tennessee River and the Ohio River. ...


Termini

As of 2004, the highway's northern terminus is in Ontonagon, Michigan at an intersection with Michigan State Routes 38 and 64, a few blocks from Lake Superior. Its southern terminus is in Mobile, Alabama at an intersection with U.S. Highway 98. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harbor of Ontonagon Ontonagon is a village in Ontonagon County, Michigan. ... The Great Lakes from space; Lake Superior is on the upper left Lake Superior (known as Gitchigume in a Native American language) is the largest of North Americas Great Lakes. ... Nickname: The Azalea City Location in Alabama Founded Incorporated 1702 1814  County Mobile County Mayor Sam Jones Area  - Total  - Water 412. ... United States Highway 98 is an east-west United States highway that runs from southern Florida to western Mississippi. ...


Historic termini

Until 1934, US 45's northern terminus was in the Chicago, Illinois area. 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chicago, colloquially known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles, and the largest inland city in the country. ...


Alternate routes

As of 2004, US 45 has two alternate routings. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


US 45 splits into US 45E and US 45W in South Fulton, Tennessee, just across the state line from Fulton, Kentucky. The two routes follow parallel paths about 10 miles (16 km) apart, then rejoin just north of Interstate 40 at Three Way, Tennessee, a town so named because of this junction. South Fulton is a city in Obion County, Tennessee. ... Fulton is a city located in Fulton County, Kentucky. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # I-15 California 0 I-17 Arizona 195 I-25 New Mexico 159 I-44 Oklahoma 147 I-35 Oklahoma 150-152 I-30 Arkansas 153 I-55 Arkansas 277-279 I-65 Tennessee 210-211 I-75 Tennessee 368-385 I-81 Tennessee 421 I... Three Way is a city located in Madison County, Tennessee. ...


The route splits again south of Tupelo, Mississippi. Alternate US 45 takes a direct route to the south through West Point, while the main line of US 45 bears east through Aberdeen and Columbus. The routes rejoin in Brooksville, in rural Noxubee County. Tupelo is a city located in Lee County, Mississippi. ... West Point is a city located in Clay County, Mississippi. ... Aberdeen is a city located in Monroe County, Mississippi. ... Columbus is a city located in Lowndes County, Mississippi. ... Brooksville is a town located in Noxubee County, Mississippi. ... Noxubee County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ...


States traversed

The highway passes through the following states:

State nickname: The Wolverine State, The Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Senators Carl Levin (D) Debbie Stabenow (D) Official language(s) English de-facto Area 96,889 mi² / 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 56,855 mi² / 147,255 km... State nickname: Badger State State motto: Forward Other U.S. States Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Official languages None Area 169,790 km² (23rd)  - Land 140,787 km²  - Water 28,006 km² (17%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,453,896... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Official language(s) English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... State nickname: Bluegrass State Other U.S. States Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) Senators Mitch McConnell (R) Jim Bunning (R) Official languages English Area 104,749 km² (37th)  - Land 102,989 km²  - Water 1,760 km² (1. ... State nickname: Volunteer State Other U.S. States Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Governor Phil Bredesen (D) Senators Bill Frist (R) Lamar Alexander (R) Official languages English Area 109,247 km² (36th)  - Land 106,846 km²  - Water 2,400 km² (2. ... State nickname: Magnolia State Other U.S. States Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Governor Haley Barbour (R) Senators Thad Cochran (R) Trent Lott (R) Official language(s) English Area 125,546 km² (32nd)  - Land 121,606 km²  - Water 3,940 km² (3%) Population (2000)  - Population 2,697,243 (31st)  - Density... State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Other U.S. States Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Official languages English Area 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² (30th)  - Land 50,750 mi²/131,442 km²  - Water 1...

Related US routes

  • US 45 has no "child" routes.

See also

This list of United States Highways is grouped by the 1- or 2-digit parent highway. ...

Sources and external links

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