Officials say I-269 will ease traffic, increase safety
Published: July 24,2012
DESOTO COUNTY — Mississippi transportation officials are touting the benefits of the Interstate 269 project.
After all the segments are complete, I-269 will form a 30-mile bypass around Memphis through Tennessee and Mississippi and will connect to the existing I-69/I-55 corridor hub. The projected corridor eventually will stretch from Canada to Mexico.
Mike Tagert, Mississippi’s Northern District transportation commissioner, tells the Commercial Appeal he understands concerns of residents “directly impacted” by the road’s pathway.
“But it’s important to remember this will be a controlled, four-lane interstate-style highway. It will promote safety and ease inner-city traffic across DeSoto County. It’ll get that large-truck traffic off the streets,” Tagert said.
Work has been under way since June 2011 on the first segment of I-269, a 3.1 mile stretch in Marshall County. The section will run south from the Tennessee state line to Highway 302, then curve west across U.S. 78 before it reaches Interstate 55.
The $19.5 million project is to finish by October 2013, with paving done and the road traffic-ready in fall 2014.
Mitch Turner, a Mississippi Department of Transportation engineer, said the benefits from the segment would include faster DeSoto County access to East Memphis and the Nashville area.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
2 Responses to “Officials say I-269 will ease traffic, increase safety”
Mississippi Economic Council
Mississippi Chambers of Commerce
Mississippi State Legislature
Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Economic Development Council
North Mississippi News
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Auto Accidents Lawyer
Top Posts & Pages
- Comstock quits Tuscaloosa play on falling prices
- Clinton office complex sold for $20.5 million
- Meadville mayor seeks Sojourner's Senate seat
- Entergy plans three solar-power pilot projects
- PHIL HARDWICK: Characteristics of a good year-end fundraising letter
- Shale oil: market correction or longterm direction?
- Record soybean yield is valued at $1.17 billion
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today
- Miss. surgeon sentenced in tax evasion case