Interstate 69 in Tennessee

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Future Interstate 69

Route information
Maintained by TDOT
StatusConcurrency with I-55/I-240/I-40/SR 300 approved but unsigned; remainder of route in various stages of construction, design and land acquisition
Major junctions
South end I-55 / I-69 at Mississippi state line
Major intersections
North end I-69 / US 51 at Kentucky state line
CountryUnited States
CountiesShelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, Dyer, Obion
Highway system
SR 68 SR 69

Interstate 69 (I-69) is a proposed US Interstate Highway that will pass through the western part of the US state of Tennessee, serving the cities of Union City, Dyersburg, and Memphis. State officials have considered building parts of I-69 as a toll road.[1] Currently, a 21-mile (34 km) section of already-existing freeway in Memphis has been approved for the I-69 designation and a section near Union City is also under construction and scheduled to be completed in Summer 2023.[2]

Route description

I-69 northbound, along with I-55, as it enters Tennessee in Memphis

From Fulton, Kentucky, I-69 is planned to continue to the southwest, replacing and bypassing existing U.S. Route 51, serving Union City, Dyersburg (where it will intersect I-155), Ripley, Covington, Millington, and Memphis.

On January 18, 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) authorized the states of Mississippi and Tennessee to extend I-69 from the I-40/State Route 300 (SR 300) interchange in north Memphis to the I-55/I-69 interchange in Hernando, Mississippi; Tennessee has not yet signed the extension of the route, although Mississippi has.[3]

Planned extension

I-69 in Tennessee has been divided into three of segments of independent utility (SIUs).

Tennessee considered legislation that would allow I-69 to be built as a toll road, thereby accelerating its design and construction timetable by several years should such legislation be approved.[1] Tennessee's toll road legislation came as Congress withdrew $171 million (equivalent to $234 million in 2022[4]) allocated for Tennessee highway projects, including funds for I-69, in 2007. This federal highway allotment was diverted to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq.[5]


This SIU begins at the Kentucky–Tennessee border in Fulton and closely follows US 51 to Dyersburg. The 20-mile (32 km) stretch between Dyersburg and Troy is at Interstate Highway standards—opening with the completion of I-155 west of Dyersburg. An additional 10-mile (16 km) stretch north of Union City to within 1,100 feet (340 m) of the Kentucky border is also a freeway. Thus, the vast majority of the work on SIU 7 will involve bypassing the 15-mile (24 km) portion of US 51 between Troy and Union City (where it is currently a four-lane surface arterial with at-grade intersections) and redesigning the US 51/US 45 interchange in South Fulton. This stretch has been divided into five smaller sections. The first two sections make up the Troy Bypass, while the northern three sections represent the Union City Bypass.

The first construction contract was set for SIU 7 on October 30, 2009, covering Section 4 (middle leg of the Union City Bypass). The winning bid for constructing the 4.3-mile (6.9 km) section between SR 21 and SR 5 northwest of Union City was awarded to Ford Construction Company of Dyersburg for $33 million (equivalent to $44 million in 2022[4]). Construction on this section of the Union City Bypass began in the spring of 2010 and was completed in the summer of 2012. However, it will remain closed to traffic until adjacent sections are completed. As of July 2014, land acquisition and utility relocations were underway in all five sections from Troy to Union City. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) awarded a construction contract for 2.4-mile (3.9 km) Section 3 (southern leg of the Union City Bypass) in March 2016 and planned to let a second contract for Section 5 (northern leg of the Union City Bypass) in December 2016. Work began on Section 3 in June 2016.[6]

There is no current timetable for letting contracts to construct the Troy Bypass (Sections 1 and 2).[7] However, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer estimated in February 2013 that it would take around 10 years to gradually complete work on SIU 7 due to lack of funding.[8]

This situation (and the next one below) regarding funding was solved on May 23, 2017, with the signing of the IMPROVE (Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy) Act. The legislation raised taxes and fees for drivers and others: $0.06 for regular fuel, $0.10 for diesel fuel, and $0.08 for liquefied and compressed natural gases (a total of $355 million). The state would get $250 million, counties $70 million, and cities $35 million. Most vehicle owners saw their registration fees go up by $5; private and commercial owners had their fees go up by $10, with ride-sharing exempt; and heavy truck operators would pay $20 more. Electric vehicle owners in Tennessee (about 2,500) would pay an additional $100 in registration and renewal fees (since they do not pay fuel taxes); hybrid-electric car owners are exempt from the extra charges. The new money would fund parts of I-69 in the state. The Union City sections (3, 4, and 5) of this segment begin construction in 2017. Paving on the three segments begin in July 2021 and are on track to be completed by Summer 2023 in which the Union City Bypass will be completed.[2][9][10] While TDOT has acquired the right-of-way and is finalizing design for the Troy portion (1 and 2), a timeline for construction has not yet been established.


SIU 8 proceeds south from Dyersburg, paralleling US 51 to a planned interchange with SR 385 (I-269) in Millington. To facilitate work on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for this segment, TDOT has divided SIU 8 into three smaller segments. In April 2006, TDOT has announced the preferred routing for the northern and southern subsections, favoring an alignment to the west of US 51. Meanwhile, studies are still ongoing for the central section, which include alignments both east and west of the existing US 51. Once TDOT identifies the preferred alignment for the central segment, it is expected that a supplemental draft EIS will be necessary before the final EIS can be prepared.

The routing of I-69 has been criticized by the state Sierra Club chapter for not making use of the existing right-of-way for US 51 and for potentially impacting the Hatchie River, a state-designated scenic river.

TDOT has suspended work indefinitely on segment 8 due to a lack of funding. TDOT has further stated that it does not intend to resume work on the Dyersburg–Millington section until Congress commits federal funding to complete environmental studies, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. However, the revived completion of segment 7 of I-69 in northwestern Tennessee connecting to I-155 and I-55 will provide an unbroken freeway route from that region to Memphis. It will bypass the uncompleted segment 8 by following the west side of the Mississippi River before crossing the river into Memphis and linking to partly finished segment 9. TDOT officials determined "there would be value" in finishing just enough of I-69 to link it to I-55, a major north–south route that runs through Memphis.[11]


South of Millington, I-69 will intersect the I-269 Memphis Outer Beltway, then continue southwest, roughly parallel to US 51, then abruptly turn east near General DeWitt Spain Airport to connect with I-40 at the existing SR 300 interchange in the Frayser neighborhood. I-69 follows I-40 for about three miles (4.8 km) to the I-40/I-240 Midtown Interchange, where I-69 continues south along the Midtown portion of I-240 (mileposts 25–31) to the I-240/I-55 interchange in Whitehaven. From that interchange, I-69 continues south, merged with I-55 for approximately 12 miles (19 km), crossing the Mississippi state line. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been working on widening I-55/I-69 between Hernando and the Tennessee state line, adding travel lanes in each direction, reconstructing bridges, and improving traffic flow at interchanges. Meanwhile, TDOT is reconstructing I-55 and I-240 from the Mississippi line to Memphis. With much of the route already built and at Interstate standards through Memphis, the FHWA authorized TDOT to sign I-69 over I-55, I-240, and I-40 on January 18, 2008; however, TDOT has not yet done so. However, it has and still is signed as an "I-69 FUTURE CORRIDOR".

Similar to segment 8, TDOT has suspended work indefinitely on the unbuilt section between SR 300 and the proposed interchange with I-269 near Millington due to a lack of funding. TDOT has further stated that it does not intend to resume work on this section until Congress commits federal funding to complete environmental studies, right-of-way acquisition and construction.[11]

Exit list

This exit lists includes exits from existing I-55, I-240, I-40, SR 300, I-155, and US 51. The I-69 designation has only been approved on the southern 15 miles (24 km). I-69 is not currently signed along this route.

TennesseeMississippi line0.000.00

I-55 south / I-69 south
Continuation into Mississippi
ShelbyMemphis1.52.42 SR 175 (Shelby Drive) – Whitehaven, CaplevilleSigned as exits 2A (east) and 2B (west) southbound; exit numbers follow I-55
4.47.15 US 51 (Elvis Presley Boulevard, SR 3) / Brooks Road – GracelandSigned as exits 5A (Brooks Road) and 5B (US 51 south) southbound

I-55 north / I-240 east – Nashville, Little Rock, Memphis International Airport, St. Louis, Jackson, Mississippi
Signed as exits 6A northbound and 25B southbound; north end of I-55 concurrency; south end of I-240 concurrency
6.19.826Norris RoadExit numbers follow I-240
8.313.428South ParkwaySigned as exits 28A (east) and 28B (west)
9.615.429 US 78 (Lamar Avenue, SR 4) / E.H. Crump Boulevard
9.815.830 US 51 (Union Avenue, SR 4) / US 64 / US 70 / US 79Northbound exit and southbound entrance
10.516.9Madison AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
I-40 west – Little Rock
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
SR 14 (Jackson Avenue)Signed as exits 32 northbound and 1F southbound

I-240 end / I-40 west – Little Rock
North end of I-240 concurrency; south end of I-40 concurrency; southbound left exit and northbound left entrance; I-40 exit 1E
12.520.12Chelsea Avenue / Smith AvenueExit number follows I-40
I-40 east – Nashville
North end of I-40 concurrency; south end of unsigned SR 300 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance each include direct ramps to/from Watkins Street
15.124.3 US 51 / SR 300 south – Millingtonnorthern end of unsigned SR 300 concurrency
Gap in route
I-269 south – Arlington, Nashville
Future northern terminus of I-269[12]
US 51 – Millington[12]
West Union Road[12]
TiptonSimmons Road[12]
SR 178 – Munford[12]
SR 59 – Covington[12]

US 51 south – Covington
South end of US 51 concurrency [12]
US 51 north – Henning
North end of US 51 concurrency[12]
SR 87 – Henning[12]
Ripley SR 19 – Ripley, Brownsville[12]
US 51 – Ripley[12]
SR 88 – Halls[12]
DyerUnionville Road[12]
SR 104 – Dyersburg[12]

I-155 west / US 412 west – St. Louis
Future eastern terminus of I-155, west end of US 412 concurrency[12]
Dyersburg2.43.9 SR 78 – Dyersburg, TiptonvilleCurrently I-155 exit 13

US 51 south / US 412 east – Dyersburg, Jackson
Currently I-155 exit 15, south end of US 51 concurrency, east end of US 412 concurrency
Newbern9.114.6 SR 77 – Newbern
county line
16.226.1 SR 105 – Trimble
ObionObion19.831.9 SR 183 – Obion
Gap in route
Obion US 51 – Union CityOpened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690; temporary south end of I-69[2]
Union City SR 184 – Union CityOpened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690[2]
SR 22 / SR 5 – Union CityOpened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690[2]
Brevard RoadOpened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690[2]
SR 21 – Union CityOpened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690[2]

US 51 south – Union City
Opened in February 2024; currently signed as TN-690[2]
South Fulton
SR 214 west (Ken Tenn Highway)
Eastern terminus of SR 214; southbound exit and northbound entrance; temporary northern end of I-69[2]

US 45 north (Chickasaw Drive/SR 3 north) / US 45E south (SR 215 east) – South Fulton, Martin

US 51 north / Future I-69 north / Purchase Parkway north – Fulton
Continuation into Kentucky; Future I-69; southern terminus of Purchase Parkway; western terminus of unsigned SR 215
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

There are to be two auxiliary routes of I-69 in Tennessee. The first, I-169 in Martin and Union City, will be a spur route that is currently designated as SR 22.[13] The second, I-269, is a beltway around Memphis. Currently, I-269 is designated south of I-40. The northern segment of SR 385 is expected to be redesignated as I-269 in the future.


  1. ^ a b "Toll roads for a change?". Memphis Commercial Appeal. March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Update given on new Interstate 69 in West Tennessee". WBBJ TV. 16 February 2023. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
  3. ^ Capka, J. Richard (January 18, 2008). "Letter to Paul D. Degges" (PDF). Retrieved May 28, 2008 – via American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Johnston, Louis; Williamson, Samuel H. (2023). "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved December 19, 2023. United States Gross Domestic Product deflator figures follow the Measuring Worth series.
  5. ^ "$18.4 Million in Additional Federal Funds Rescinded from TDOT" (Press release). Tennessee Department of Transportation. June 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Sanchez, Ashley; Spissinger, Mike. "Work begins on section of new interstate in Union City". WPSD.
  7. ^ "Interstate 69 - Segment 7". Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  8. ^ "Local News: TDOT Commissioner Visits Dyersburg, Speaks on I-69". Dyersburg State Gazette. February 23, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  9. ^ Grelle, Olivia. "Dirt road' behind Discovery Park of America is actually part of unfinished I-69". Retrieved 2021-02-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Latham, Angele. "Interstate 69 Bypass, part of 'last great American highway,' kicks off paving in Obion County". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  11. ^ a b Obion County News (2021). "I-69 Project Revived". Obion county. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Interstate 69 Millington to Dyersburg Sheet Index" (PDF). Tennessee Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 27, 2022.
  13. ^ "Senate Joint Resolution 512". Act No. 512 of January 17, 2002 (PDF). Retrieved May 9, 2014.

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