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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #850 on: August 10, 2020, 04:23:32 AM »

^ Because MDOT and the state legislature put almost all their road construction money into their rural 4-lane program, is by and large against raising the gas tax to increase revenue, and is now increasingly broke as a result of both.


.....aka cognitive dissonance at the level of governance.  Common problem these days with the present state of polarization!
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #851 on: August 10, 2020, 09:20:17 AM »

^^
I'm in Memphis for a couple of days, one of my routine trips to check up on my father.

Local TV is full of ads for the Mississippi GOP primaries coming up soon.   At least one candidate for Transportation Commissioner appears to be campaigning hard on the "no gas tax increase" front, to the extent that any of the candidates for any office are talking about proposals/positions.

The states wonder why their I-69 funds are missing.  I's funny to me that Mississippi has the shortest segment of I-69, much of which is already existing interstates or has been built, yet might be the last to finish or might be the reason I-69 has a continuity gap.
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #852 on: August 10, 2020, 11:33:20 AM »

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I'm in Memphis for a couple of days, one of my routine trips to check up on my father.

Local TV is full of ads for the Mississippi GOP primaries coming up soon.   At least one candidate for Transportation Commissioner appears to be campaigning hard on the "no gas tax increase" front, to the extent that any of the candidates for any office are talking about proposals/positions.

The states wonder why their I-69 funds are missing.  I's funny to me that Mississippi has the shortest segment of I-69, much of which is already existing interstates or has been built, yet might be the last to finish or might be the reason I-69 has a continuity gap.

When you see candidates running on an anti-tax platform, it's clear there is no appetite in Mississippi to find ways to raise funds for better roads. I recall about 10 years ago, there was a discussion about financing the remainder of I-69 through Mississippi with tolls. A concept to toll I-69 from where it currently ends to the Great River Bridge never gained traction with state lawmakers. With the area through which I-69 would go being sparsely populated, there probably wouldn't be enough traffic for a toll road to break even.

While I'm not a fan of paying more in taxes, I would accept higher taxes IF they are dedicated to building and maintaining better roads and infrastructure.
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #853 on: September 14, 2020, 09:55:24 AM »

Finally rode on Interstate 269 last week and was surprised to see a new interchange already under construction just east of the exchange with I-55/69.

McIngvale interchange, improvements showing progress

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There are several ongoing road projects underway in Hernando that will provide the city a second entrance off the interstate road system, alleviate some traffic congestion along Commerce Street, and also offer new walking and cycling opportunities for the DeSoto County seat.

Top among the list is the McIngvale Road interchange into the city from I-269. Construction on the interchange has begun with the clearing of vegetation and earthwork being done on the south side of I-269, while clearing is also being done on the north side of the interstate.

The nearly $8 million project is being done by Tanner Construction Company and is expected to be done by next spring.

Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson stakes the interchange’s construction as another boost to economic growth for the city as he also hopes it will help reduce traffic congestion at the I-55/Commerce Street interchange, currently the only interstate entrance into the city.

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As the McIngvale Road interchange provides new freeway access and egress from Hernando, city officials are also excited about the McIngvale Road realignment project. McIngvale had to be realigned to meet up with the new interchange and the necessity of that allows for a redesign of the roadway. It will run behind Hernando Hills Elementary School and will be a five-lane roadway. It costs $8.7 million and is 1.4 miles in length from north of Byhalia Road to the north of Green T Road.

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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #854 on: September 14, 2020, 12:22:35 PM »

Nice, I hope there are plans to add a truck stop or 2 would be real convenient. Having to stop for gas off SR 302 in Southaven is a pain because of the traffic
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #855 on: September 14, 2020, 02:42:17 PM »

Nice, I hope there are plans to add a truck stop or 2 would be real convenient. Having to stop for gas off SR 302 in Southaven is a pain because of the traffic

The only gas station on the current route is a Shell at US-64 (Exit 15). I would imagine that if there was development of truck stops it'd be at either US-64 or MS-302
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #856 on: September 14, 2020, 06:51:35 PM »

Why wasn't an interchange included at McIngvale Rd. when Interstate 269 was first constructed? Was it considered to be too close to the Interstate 55/69/269 interchange?
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #857 on: September 14, 2020, 08:19:33 PM »

Why wasn't an interchange included at McIngvale Rd. when Interstate 269 was first constructed? Was it considered to be too close to the Interstate 55/69/269 interchange?
Likely budget. McIngvale is 5 lanes on its overpass, there were clearly plans to eventually construct it.
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Re: Interstate 269
« Reply #858 on: September 17, 2020, 12:05:03 PM »

Why wasn't an interchange included at McIngvale Rd. when Interstate 269 was first constructed? Was it considered to be too close to the Interstate 55/69/269 interchange?
Likely budget. McIngvale is 5 lanes on its overpass, there were clearly plans to eventually construct it.

It's further back in the thread, but his interchange came up while 269 was under construction.
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