Interstate 269

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Interstate 269 marker

Interstate 269
Route information
Length: 19.18 mi (30.87 km)
Existed: 2015 – present
History: Opened in 1998 as SR 385
Major junctions
South end: MS 305 near Lewisburg, MS
North end: SR 385 in Collierville, TN
Highway system
MS 245 MS US 278
SR 268 TN SR 269

Interstate 269 (I-269) is a partially built outer beltway around the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and its adjacent suburban areas in southwestern Tennessee and northern Mississippi. As of January 2018, I-269 is signed along a 19.18-mile (30.87 km) segment between Mississippi Highway 305 (MS 305) at Lewisburg, MS, and Tennessee State Route 385 (SR 385) at Collierville. Tennessee's portion is completed, and designated, but signed as SR 385. The remainder of Mississippi's portion between MS-305 at Lewisburg and Interstate 55 is in the final stages of construction and expected to be completed in 2018.[1] A major segment of the highway from MS 302 to MS 305 opened on December 5, 2017.[2]


Interstate 269 extension to Mississippi under construction

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 Piperton.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation's plans called for the two sections to be connected in phases.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Mississippi began its part of I-269 construction on June 23, 2011,[6] with the 25-mile (40 km) section from the state line to I-55 totaling construction costs of $640 million as of 2014.[7] Completion of I-269 to Hernando, thus marking the completion of the entire beltway, is expected in the latter half of 2015.[8] 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.[1]

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


I-269 is under construction from the I-55/I-69 interchange in Hernando to MS 305 at Lewisburg, MS. This segment is expected to be completed in 2018 and will establish the connection between Interstate 40 in Tennessee to Interstate 55 in Mississippi.[2]

The I-269 designation has been approved to extend north along current SR 385 to I-40.[10] A contract to post I-269 signage along this portion of highway was let in October 2017, with work scheduled for completion by April 30, 2018.[11]

Exit list[edit]

State County Location mi[citation needed] km Exit Destinations Notes
Mississippi DeSoto Hernando 0.00 0.00 I-55 / I-69 / MS 304 west – Memphis, Southaven, Jackson Future concurrency with MS 304; Future southern terminus of I-269
3.17 5.10 3 Getwell Road
5.18 8.34 5 Laughter Road
7.32 11.78 7 Craft Road
9.37 15.08 9 MS 305 – Olive Branch, Independence Temporary southern terminus
13.41 21.58 13 Red Banks Road
Byhalia 15.57 25.06 16 I-22 east / US 78 – Holly Springs, Tupelo, Birmingham, Olive Branch, Memphis Western terminus of I-22; Signed as exits 16A (east) and 16B (west); I-22/US 78 exit 12
Marshall 17.85 28.73 18 MS 309 – Byhalia
23.79 38.29 23 MS 302 – Southaven, Olive Branch Southern end of SR 304 concurrency
  MississippiTennessee state line
Northern end of MS 304 concurrency
Tennessee ShelbyFayette
county line
ColliervillePiperton line 27.24 43.84 1 US 72 – Collierville, Corinth
28.55 45.95 2 SR 385 – Memphis, Arlington Highway merges with SR 385, continues until US 51
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Charlier, Tom (October 19, 2015). "Section of I-269 from Collierville to Mississippi to open Friday". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Memphis to Byhalia nonstop: I-269 and I-22 now intersect". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Charlier, Tom (August 26, 2007). "Complete Tenn. 385 faces probable delays". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. 
  4. ^ "Proposal Contract for CNL024" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Transportation. 
  5. ^ Risher, Wayne (September 7, 2007). "Good fit sought with I-269". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. 
  6. ^ "I-269, Mississippi's largest highway project, connects communities and encourages economic growth" (Press release). United States Department of Transportation. June 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "I-269 Construction Reaches Halfway Point". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. March 26, 2014. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Castens, Errol (March 26, 2014). "I-269 slated for 2015 completion". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Last Part of 385 Opens Friday". WREG-TV. November 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (May 24, 2016). Written at Des Moines, IA. "Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Proposal Contract". September 11, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Mississippi Department of Transportation Proposal for Interstate 269" (PDF). 

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