BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) The Mississippi Department of Transportation said several phases of the Interstate 269 construction project are more than halfway complete.
Tagert said the bypass will relieve traffic pressure on the I-55/I-69 corridor and connect I-40 and I-55 in north Mississippi. I-40 is a major cross-country freight route, and I-69 will be an international connector between Canada and Mexico.
Tagert said the interstate construction will connect local communities in several states and create economic development opportunities.
“This is more than just a bypass around Memphis. It will also provide a valuable means for commercial vehicles to move raw materials and manufactured goods through the region,” Tagert said in a news release.