• Interstate 269 opens to traffic in north Mississippi

    Commissioner Mike Tagert was joined by U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith; U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker; Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves; Don Davis, Mississippi Division Administrator, Federal Highway Authority; Melinda McGrath, MDOT Executive Director; and over 300 other officials and community members for the opening of Interstate 269 on October 26 at the Getwell Road Interchange in DeSoto County.

     

    Motorists in northwest Mississippi have full access to Interstate 269 now that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) opened the final nine-mile segment.

    The new highway officially opened from Interstate 55 in DeSoto County to State Route 305 in Marshall County after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Getwell Road Interchange.

    Commissioner Mike Tagert

    “We are excited to complete this major construction project. After seven years of construction, Interstate 269 is now officially open to the traveling public,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.

    Joining Tagert at the ceremony were U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Don Davis, Mississippi Division Administrator, Federal Highway Authority, along with over 300 other guests and community members.

    Motorists are now able to take I-269 from I-55 near Hernando for nearly 60 miles in a loop to Millington, Tenn. Traffic from Interstate 40 will be able to more easily access I-55 and U.S. Highway 61 in the Delta. I-269 also connects Interstate 22 which runs to Tupelo. Recently four-laned U.S. Highway 72 also crosses I-269 near Collierville, Tennessee.

    Construction of the approximately $640 million began in 2011 and consisted of about 26 miles of four-lane, controlled-access highway in Mississippi.

    The first segment of I-269 from the state line to State Route 302 opened in 2015. The second segment from State Route 302 to State Route 305 opened in 2017. The third and final segment opened today.

    “We are truly proud of the I-269 project,” Tagert said. “It will increase mobility, boost commerce and help relieve congestion throughout the region.”

    For commuters and local traffic, I-269 will give motorists an option to travel at highway speeds without traffic signals found on local roads.

    For commercial traffic, I-269 will give truckers a more efficient route between I-40 and I-55, while avoiding congestion in the Memphis metro area.

    The MDOT Honor Guard

    “Interstate 269 represents a huge asset for the region,” Tagert said. “The quality of our infrastructure impacts our quality of life and factors into economic development. Increased mobility, connectivity and commerce will lead to more investment and more jobs in the region.”

    Workers on the project moved nearly 14 million cubic yards of dirt, laid about 863,000 tons of asphalt, constructed 45 bridges consisting of over 92,000 cubic yards of concrete and applied 286 miles of striping.

    The 26 miles of I-269 are part of a larger Interstate 69 corridor. The 1,600-mile highway is a proposed connector between Canada and Mexico.

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