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MDOT: I-269 project passes halfway point

Mike Tagert

Mike Tagert

BATESVILLE — Construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. In October 2013, one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County was completed. Paving for this section will take place later this spring.

I-269 in Mississippi is composed of seven individual projects that total approximately 25 miles of four-lane highway in DeSoto and Marshall counties. Construction on this $268-million interstate project began in 2011 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.

Once completed, I-269 will form a 30-mile loop around Memphis through Mississippi and Tennessee. In Mississippi, I-269 will begin at the I-55/I-69 intersection north of Hernando, cross Highway 78 near Byhalia and continue northeast to the Tennessee state line. The bypass will relieve traffic pressure on the I-55/I-69 corridor and connect I-40 and I-55 in North Mississippi. I-40 is a major cross-country freight route, and I-69 will be an international connector between Canada and Mexico.

“This is more than just a bypass around Memphis,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert. “The construction of I-269 will transform the region by connecting local communities in several states and will have far-reaching international implications.”

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