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I-69 environmental impact study complete

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The final environmental impact statement (EIS) has been completed for a 120-mile stretch of the new Interstate 69 through Mississippi’s Delta.

As a result, the best, most feasible location for the future highway has been determined by citizens, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), local governments and numerous private and non-profit organizations, according to MDOT.

The chosen route, located in Bolivar, Coahoma, and Tunica Counties, is known as the Central Alternative and stretches from near Benoit to near Robinsonville.

During the course of the project’s environmental phase, four alternatives were studied — the western, central, eastern and modified eastern.

I-69 is a 1,600-mile-long federal highway project that will pass through Northwest Mississippi counties, ultimately connecting Canada to Mexico.

The EIS will be available for public inspection at the county boards of supervisors and public libraries in Bolivar, Coahoma, Sunflower and Tunica counties. Viewing will also be welcomed at: the MDOT Administrative Office Building, Environmental Division, 401 Northwest Street, Jackson,; the MDOT District Two Office, Batesville; MDOT District Two Project Office, Senatobia; MDOT District Three Office, Yazoo City; MDOT District Three Project Office, Leland; and, the Federal Highway Administration, 666 North Street, Suite 105, Jackson.

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