Interstate 269

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Interstate 269

I-269 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-69
Length45.19 mi (72.73 km)
HistoryOpened in 1998 as SR 385
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-55 / I-69 / MS 304 near Hernando, MS
Major intersections
North end I-40 / SR 385 in Arlington, TN
CountryUnited States
StatesMississippi, Tennessee
CountiesMS: DeSoto, Marshall
TN: Fayette, Shelby
Highway system
MS 245MS US 278
SR 268TN SR 269

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 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, Mississippi, and will do so again in Millington, Tennessee, in the future.

Route description

I-269 begins at an interchange with I-69 near Hernando, Mississippi. The highway travels eastward across rural areas to the town of Byhalia, Mississippi, where it has an interchange with I-22/U.S. Route 78 (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 State Route 385 (SR 385) in Collierville. The route then proceeds north along former SR 385 to an interchange with I-40 and the northern segment of SR 385 in Arlington.


I-269 extension to Mississippi under construction

The Tennessee Department of Transportation's (TDOT) plans called for the two sections to be connected in phases.[2] 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 (MS 302).[3] On January 29, 2007, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 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 first section of what is now I-269, the Winfield Dunn Parkway, from I-40 to US 64 opened on September 4, 2007, signed as SR 385.[4] The segment between US 64 and to SR 193 (Macon Road) opened on June 15, 2009,[5] and the segment between SR 193 and SR 57 opened on November 22, 2013.[6] The last section of the Bill Morris Parkway, most of which remains signed as SR 385, was opened between US 72 and SR 57 on August 23, 2007.[7]

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 (equivalent to $118 million in 2023[8]) to cover planning and right-of-way acquisition costs for Mississippi's portion of the route.[9] Mississippi began its part of I-269 construction on June 23, 2011,[10] with the 25-mile (40 km) section from the state line to I-55 totaling construction costs of $640 million (equivalent to $811 million in 2023[8]) as of 2014.[11]

On October 23, 2015, the first signed segment of I-269 opened between the eastern terminus of SR 385 in Collierville and MS 302.[12] On December 5, 2017, the second segment opened between MS 302 and MS 305, including the I-22 interchange.[13]

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 in Lewisburg, Mississippi, was completed on October 26, 2018, completing the connection between I-40 in Tennessee and I-55 in Mississippi.[14][15][16]

The construction costs of the Tennessee portion of SR 385 from the 1980s until completion in 2013 was over $500 million (equivalent to $645 million in 2023[8]).[6] Both states' combined investments were over $1.2 billion (equivalent to $1.55 billion in 2023[8]) for the 64.3-mile (103.5 km) I-269 project, including construction and rights-of-way expense listed above.

On October 13, 2021, a new interchange at McIngvale Road opened to traffic following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $8.7-million project also included realigning a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) section of McIngvale Road between Byhalia Road and Green T Road and widening it to five lanes.[17]

Exit list

I-55 / I-69 / MS 304 west – Memphis, Southaven, Jackson, Tunica
I-55 exit 283, signed as exits 1A (south) & 1B (north) westbound; western end of MS 304 concurrency; cloverleaf interchange.
1.312.111McIngvale RoadOpened to traffic on October 13, 2021[17]
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
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
Marshall17.8528.7318 MS 309 – Byhalia
Cayce23.7938.2923 MS 302 – Southaven, Olive Branch
 MississippiTennessee state line
Eastern end of MS 304 concurrency
county line
ColliervillePiperton line27.2443.841 US 72 (SR 86) – Collierville, Corinth
SR 385 west (Bill Morris Parkway) – Memphis
Eastern 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
I-40 / SR 385 north – Memphis, Nashville, Millington
Signed 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


  1. ^ "I-269 corridor finally opens, connecting I-55, I-40" – via
  2. ^ Charlier, Tom (August 26, 2007). "Complete Tenn. 385 faces probable delays". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.
  3. ^ "Proposal Contract for CNL024" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-12.
  4. ^ "Tenn. 385 opens up Arlington — New stretch of highway hailed for its access to progress". The Commercial Appeal. September 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Charlier, Tom (June 14, 2009). "Three-mile segment of Tenn. Hwy. 385 opening". The Commercial Appeal. Archived from the original on 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  6. ^ a b "Last Part of 385 Opens Friday". WREG-TV. November 22, 2013.
  7. ^ McKenzie, Kevin (August 22, 2007). "Tenn. 385 opens new path: Access to Fayette County to be a Collierville short route". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis, Tennessee. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
  8. ^ a b c d Johnston, Louis; Williamson, Samuel H. (2023). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 30, 2023. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the MeasuringWorth series.
  9. ^ Risher, Wayne (September 7, 2007). "Good fit sought with I-269". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Archived from the original on 2011-05-17.
  10. ^ "I-269, Mississippi's largest highway project, connects communities and encourages economic growth" (Press release). United States Department of Transportation. June 27, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29.
  11. ^ "I-269 Construction Reaches Halfway Point". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. March 26, 2014. Archived from the original on February 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Charlier, Tom (October 19, 2015). "Section of I-269 from Collierville to Mississippi to open Friday". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  13. ^ Bailey, Tom (December 8, 2017). "Memphis to Byhalia nonstop: I-269 and I-22 now intersect". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  14. ^ "Memphis to Byhalia nonstop: I-269 and I-22 now intersect". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Garland, Max (October 26, 2018). "I-269's completion marked with ribbon cutting in DeSoto County, opening its final stretch". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  16. ^ "Last section of I-269 set to open Oct. 26, completing new loop around Memphis". The Daily Memphian. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  17. ^ a b Clevenger, Chance. "County cuts ribbon on McIngvale Road & I-269 Exit". The DeSoto Times Tribune. The DeSoto Times Tribune. Retrieved October 17, 2021.

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