Construction of the Interstate 269 project in North Mississippi continues on schedule, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The Interstate 269 project is the largest MDOT construction project in the state. It is divided into eight individual sections, all of which are under construction and more than 50 percent complete. Completion of all sections of Interstate 269 in Mississippi is scheduled for fall 2018.
“I-269 will be a valuable asset, providing a safer and more efficient way for commercial vehicles to move goods through the region,” Tagert said. “As growth continues in DeSoto and Marshall Counties, this new interstate will be vital in promoting economic growth and development in the region.”
Once completed, Interstate 269 will form a 30-mile loop around Memphis through Mississippi and Tennessee. In Mississippi, Interstate 269 will begin at the Interstate 55/69 intersection north of Hernando, cross U.S. Highway 78 near Byhalia and continue northeast to the Tennessee state line.
Interstate 269 will relieve traffic pressure on the Interstate 55/69 corridor and connect Interstate 40 and Interstate 55 in North Mississippi. Interstate 40 is a major cross-country freight route, and Interstate 69 will be an international connector between Canada and Mexico.
“This is more than just a bypass around Memphis,” said Tagert. “The construction of I-269 will transform the region by connecting local communities in several states and will have far-reaching international implications.”
MDOT will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for one section of Interstate 269 which has been completed. In Mississippi, the completed section of Interstate 269 runs from the Mississippi-Tennessee state line to Mississippi 302 in Marshall County.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 269 at the Mississippi-Tennessee state line. This section of Interstate 269 will be opened to traffic following the ceremony.
For more information on the progress of Interstate 269 construction, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app from the App Store or Google Play store or call 511.