Interstate 269 is the outer beltway encircling the north and east side of Memphis and the Southhaven, Olive Branch and De Soto County suburbs in northern Mississippi. The Volunteer State portion consists of a short stretch from Bill Morris Parkway (SR 385) south to Cayce, MS; Governor Winfield Dunn Parkway between Collierville and Arlington; and Paul W. Barret Parkway west from Arlington to Millington.
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Interstate 269 initially spurred 2.7 miles south from the Tennessee state line to MS 302 at Cayce in Marshall County. The succeeding segment opened to traffic on December 7, 2017. The $76 million project extended I-269 southwest from Cayce, 14.4 miles to MS 305 at Lewisville.1 The final nine mile section of the 25.9-mile route through northern Mississippi opened to traffic on October 26, 2018.2
All sections of the Memphis outer beltway in Tennessee, with the exception of the October 23, 2015 opened spur from Collierville south to Marshall County, Mississippi, were built and signed as SR 385. SR 385 originally comprised a 48.9-mile U-shaped freeway route originating from I-240 by the Eastgate neighborhood in Memphis. The freeway follows Bill Morris Parkway east to Collierville, where it turned north to Arlington. I-269 replaced the state route from Collierville to I-40 in 2017. The state route resumes west along Paul W. Barret Parkway to a half diamond interchange with U.S. 51 in Millington. The short extension west to Segments 8/9 of Interstate 69 remains to be built.
SR 385 / Interstate 269 winds through mostly rural areas or by the outer suburbs of Memphis. The beltway promotes economic development at many of its interchanges, and the freeway will eventually provide a commuter route. Completed in Mississippi on October 26, 2018, I-269 provides part of a long distance route for Interstate 22 east to Tupelo and Birmingham, while connecting with I-69 leading west to Tunica and I-55 south to Jackson.
MS 304 is the state route counterpart to both Interstate 69 between U.S. 61 at Tunica and Interstate 55 at Southhaven, and Interstate 269 from Cayce to the state line. The route is fully cosigned along both freeways.
Signs for Interstate 269 appeared along the five-mile stretch between MS 302 at Cayce and SR 385 at Collierville when it opened. The route north to Arlington was approved as a 19.18-mile extension of Interstate 269 by the AASHTO U.S. Route Numbering Committee on May 24, 2016. The remainder of the beltway west to Millington will likely remain SR 385 until I-69 is completed along Segments 8 and 9.
Construction of a diamond interchange (Exit 1) between I-269 and McIngvale Road commenced Spring 2020. Located east of I-55/69 in DeSoto County, the initial cost is at $7.85 million.3
- "Memphis to Byhalia nonstop: I-269 and I-22 now intersect." Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), December 8, 2017.
- "I-269's completion marked with ribbon cutting in DeSoto County, opening its final stretch." Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), October 26, 2018.
- Mississippi Department of Transportation Construction Projects Bid Awards Report, March 10, 2020.
Page Updated 09-12-2020.