DeSoto County, MS – The DeSoto County Board of Supervisors is proud to announce the opening of the McIngvale exit on Interstate 269. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) notified the Board of Supervisors it will open the exit Friday, July 30. "We want to thank MDOT on this project and for a job well done," said District Five Supervisor Michael Lee.
The opening comes nearly two years to the day that a ground breaking ceremony was held. "I'm so excited that the McIngvale interchange is completed and will open tomorrow," said District 4 Supervisor Lee Caldwell. "Many people worked together to make this project happen!"
The McIngvale exit was constructed concurrently the $8.7 million project to realign McIngvale Road between Byhalia road and Green T. DeSoto County Supervisors and the City of Hernando each provided $1 million towards the project. The rest came from state and federal funds.
This project was geared towards relieving congestion and increasing commerce in DeSoto County. “Many people have been anticipating the opening of the on and off ramps. We see a lot of congestion on I-55 and Commerce during rush hour. This new exit should make a big impact,” said Supervisor Lee. “This Interchange will be a game changer for DeSoto County,” said Supervisor Caldwell.
“This is a high-impact project that will make an immediate positive difference. This shows that good things can happen when city, county, state and federal partners work together,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. "This is has been a cooperative effort," said Board President Mark Gardner. "Government that works together, works better."
The Board of Supervisors made many trips to Washington, D.C. to convince congressman and senators that the exit was needed. “Today is my birthday. After all our trips to Washington, this is the best gift I could have received,” said Supervisor Caldwell.
The traffic pattern on McIngvale Road will also change on Friday, July 30. Drivers will begin utilizing the newly constructed sections of McIngvale Road and McIngvale Road connector for through access. Clubhouse Drive will also reopen. School Road will be closed where it connects the newly constructed section of McIngvale Road.
“This is similar to a ‘soft opening’ for a business. The project is not complete, but it is safe to open. It is still a construction zone, so be mindful of our workers,” said Commissioner Caldwell.