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Interstate 269 (I-269) is a beltway around the city of Memphis, Tennessee and its adjacent suburban areas in southwestern Tennessee and northern Mississippi, completed in October 2018.[1] I-269 was planned and built to serve as an outer bypass for the Memphis metropolitan area, funneling through traffic around the metro area while also functioning as a bypass of future Interstate 69 (I-69), which will run directly through the center of the metro area. I-269 currently connects to its parent route, I-69, at an interchange in Hernando, MS and will do so again in Millington, TN in the future.

Interstate 269 marker

Interstate 269
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-69
Length45.19 mi (72.73 km)
Existed2015–present
HistoryOpened in 1998 as SR 385
Major junctions
South end I-55 / I-69 / MS 304 near Hernando, MS
 
North end I-40 / SR 385 in Arlington, TN
Location
StatesMississippi, Tennessee
CountiesMS: DeSoto, Marshall
TN: Fayette, Shelby
Highway system
MS 245MSUS 278
SR 268TNSR 269

Route descriptionEdit

I-269 begins at an interchange with Interstate 69 near Hernando, MS. The highway travels eastward across rural areas to the town of Byhalia, MS, where it has an interchange with I-22/US 78. Here, the highway continues northeastward, slowly veering north towards the Tennessee state line. Entering Tennessee, I-269 has an interchange with US 72 and the southern segment of TN 385 in Collierville, TN. The route then proceeds north along former TN 385 to an interchange with I-40 and the northern segment of TN 385 in Arlington, TN.

HistoryEdit

 
Interstate 269 extension to Mississippi under construction

The first section of what is now I-269, the Winfield Dunn Parkway, from I-40 to US 64 opened on August 31, 2007 and signed as SR 385.[2] It was extended to Macon Road in June 2009 and to SR 57 on November 22, 2013.[2] The Bill Morris Parkway, most of which remains signed as SR 385, was opened between US 72 and SR 57 on August 31, 2007.[3]

On January 29, 2007 the Federal Highway Administration issued a record of decision giving final federal approval for I-269, paving the way for the two states to design and construct the remaining section between Hernando and Collierville.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT) plans called for the two sections to be connected in phases.[4] Plans had the portion extending south from an incomplete interchange with SR 385 south to the Mississippi state line to completed in October 2015 to coincide with completion of the section in Mississippi from the Tennessee state line to Mississippi Highway 302.[5]

On October 18, 2007, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced that a bond was successfully issued through the state's Highway Enhancements Through Local Partnerships (HELP) Program for $83 million to cover planning and right-of-way acquisition costs for Mississippi's portion of the route.[6] Mississippi began its part of I-269 construction on June 23, 2011,[7] with the 25-mile (40 km) section from the state line to I-55 totaling construction costs of $640 million as of 2014.[8] Completion of I-269 to Hernando, thus marking the completion of the entire beltway, is expected in the latter half of 2018. The construction costs of the Tennessee portion of SR 385 from the 1980s until completion in 2013 is over $500 million.[9] Both states' combined investments are over $1.2 billion for the 64.3-mile I-269 project including construction and rights of way expense listed above.

On October 23, 2015, the first signed segment of I-269 opened between SR 385 and MS 302.[10]

On December 5, 2017, the second segment opened between MS 302 and MS 305, including the I-22 interchange.

In 2018 TDOT redesignated a portion of SR 385 between Collierville and I-40 in Arlington as I-269.

The segment of I-269 from the I-55/I-69 interchange in Hernando to MS 305 at Lewisburg, MS was completed on October 26, 2018,[11] completing the connection between Interstate 40 in Tennessee and Interstate 55 in Mississippi.[12]

Exit listEdit

StateCountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
MississippiDeSotoHernando0.000.001    I-55 / I-69 / MS 304 west – Memphis, Southaven, Jackson, TunicaI-55 exit 283, western end of MS 304 concurrency
3.175.103Getwell Road
5.188.345Laughter Road
7.3211.787Craft Road
9.3715.089  MS 305 – Olive Branch, Independence
13.4121.5813Red Banks Road
Byhalia15.5725.0616   I-22 east / US 78 – Holly Springs, Tupelo, Birmingham, Olive Branch, MemphisWestern terminus of I-22; Signed as exits 16A (east) and 16B (west); I-22/US 78 exit 12
Marshall17.8528.7318  MS 309 – Byhalia
23.7938.2923  MS 302 – Southaven, Olive Branch
 MississippiTennessee state line
Eastern end of MS 304 concurrency
TennesseeShelbyFayette
county line
ColliervillePiperton line27.2443.841  US 72 (SR 86) – Collierville, Corinth
28.5545.952  SR 385 west (Bill Morris Parkway) – MemphisEastern terminus of southern section of SR 385
FayettePiperton29.5547.563  SR 57 – Piperton, Collierville
Shelby37.7560.7511  SR 193 – Macon, Fisherville
Arlington41.7067.1115  US 64 (SR 15) – Bartlett, Somerville
44.5671.7118Donelson Farms Parkway
45.1972.7319   I-40 / SR 385 north – Memphis, Nashville, MillingtonSigned as exits 19A (east) and 19B (west), I-40 exit 24, route continues as SR 385
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/video/2018/10/26/i-corridor-finally-opens-connecting-i-i-/
  2. ^ a b "Tennessee Department of Transportation Home". state.tn.us.
  3. ^ Kevin McKenzie, "Tenn. 385 opens new path: Access to Fayette County to be a Collierville short route" Memphis Commercial Appeal, August 22, 2007.
  4. ^ Charlier, Tom (August 26, 2007). "Complete Tenn. 385 faces probable delays". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis.
  5. ^ "Proposal Contract for CNL024" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  6. ^ Risher, Wayne (September 7, 2007). "Good fit sought with I-269". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis.
  7. ^ "I-269, Mississippi's largest highway project, connects communities and encourages economic growth" (Press release). United States Department of Transportation. June 27, 2011.
  8. ^ "I-269 Construction Reaches Halfway Point". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. March 26, 2014. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Last Part of 385 Opens Friday". WREG-TV. November 22, 2013.
  10. ^ Charlier, Tom (October 19, 2015). "Section of I-269 from Collierville to Mississippi to open Friday". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Last section of I-269 set to open Oct. 26, completing new loop around Memphis". The Daily Memphian. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Memphis to Byhalia nonstop: I-269 and I-22 now intersect". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 10, 2017.

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