• Liking the Loop: Newly opened link to Barnes Crossing busy on first day

    TUPELO – The ceremonial opening of West Barnes Crossing Road on Thursday morning became a celebration of its economic potential, convenience and cooperation in building it by five speakers who wrapped up the $30 million, multiyear project in less than 25 minutes.

    And the traffic began flowing immediately after that.

    The five-lane road – built as part of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, with essential financial participation by the Mississippi Department of Transportation and federal sources – runs about five miles from the McCullough Boulevard/Coley Road intersection to U.S. Highway 45 east of the Barnes Crossing commercial district.

    Major Thoroughfare Committee chairman Greg Pirkle presided at the ribbon-cutting, and he praised the new road, known as the Northern Loop, as one of the best opportunities for “economic growth” and an “improved quality of life.”

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  • MDOT: Work on I-269 is on schedule, several phases at halfway point

    NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department says construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi.

    All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. Contractors continue earthwork and bridge construction, while paving operations on one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County, began earlier this summer.

    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 over $640 million interstate project began in 2011. This project is made available by the sale of H.E.L.P. bonds.

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