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Beginning today, the first segment of Interstate 269 is open to traffic. The portion of I-269 that is now open begins at Highway 305 in Lewisburg and travels east through Marshall County into Collierville, Tennessee.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place at Byhalia Town Hall, local, state, and national leaders gathered to commemorate the opening of the roadway which is anticipated to generate substantial economic growth in the region and places DeSoto County in the middle of an international trade route. Mike Tagert, Mississippi's Northern District Transportation Commissioner, touted this accomplishment as the "crowning achievement for transportation in the region". Commissioner Tagert also praised the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors for their enthusiastic support of this project, from the planning stages all the way through the opening of this phase of the interstate. The Board of Supervisors issued the HELP bonds that made funding the project possible.
Michael Lee, President of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, noted the impact that this new roadway will have on the community that he serves. “I-269 will make DeSoto County much more accessible to those in the region and will generate new and exciting economic opportunities due to ease of access,” said Supervisor Lee.
The remaining segment of Interstate 269, which runs west of Highway 305 across DeSoto County, is expected to open by the end of 2018.
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DeSoto County Board of Supervisors