Interstate 69 Mississippi

Interstate 69 Mississippi
History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 69 in northern Mississippi travels east from the Tunica and De Soto County line along MS 713 near Tunica along a rural route to I-55 and the south end of I-269 near Hernando. I-69 combines with I-55 northward from I-269 to Memphis, Tennessee.

I-55/69 north - Southhaven, MS

Interstate 69 in Mississippi was posted alongside I-55 in early 2008. Photo by Jake Bear (07/14/08).

History

The first segment of Interstate 69 designated beyond the original alignment between Indianapolis, Indiana and Port Huron, Michigan opened to traffic in Mississippi on October 3, 2006.1 I-69 stems west from I-55/269 in Hernando alongside MS 304 in DeSoto County. The freeway spur concludes southwest from MS 304 along MS 713 at the Tunica County line. West from I-69, MS 304 provides a freeway connection directly to U.S. 61 near Harrah’s Casino Parkway.

The Interstate 69 designation was extended north along shared alignments with I-55, I-240 and I-40 through Downtown Memphis to Tennessee State Route 300. The extension was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on May 6, 2008. I-55/69 are cosigned north from I-269 in Hernando to the Tennessee state line. I-69 remains unposted within Memphis, Tennessee.

Route Information

  • North End – Memphis, TN

  • South End – Tunica, MS

  • Mileage – 23.90

  • Cities – Hernando

  • JunctionsI-55 I-269

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

Northern Mississippi – 2011 Mississippi Official Highway Map
Interstate 269 was completed Mississippi west from Olive Branch to the exchange joining I-55/69 on October 26, 2018.
MS 301 north at I-69

MS 301 north at the diamond interchange with I-69/MS 304 in rural DeSoto County. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-69 at MS 713

The unopened stretch of Interstate 69 leading southwest from the Green River Road overpass. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

MS 713 at I-69

Looking north from the Green River Road over crossing at the wye interchange that joins I-69/MS 713 with MS 304 prior to opening. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

North End Tennessee 300 – Memphis, Tennessee

SR 300 at US 51

SR 300 west at US 51 - Memphis, TN

Representing future I-69 in Memphis, SR 300 constitutes a short freeway spur linking Interstate 40 at Watkins Street with U.S. 51 at Frayser in Memphis. 01/14/19

SR 300 west at US 51 - Memphis, TN

The trumpet interchange joining the west end of SR 300 with U.S. 51 includes roadway stubs and grading for the future extension of I-69. 01/14/19

US 51 north at SR 300 - Memphis, TN

U.S. 51 north at SR 300 / Future I-69 east to Interstate 40 in Memphis. 01/14/19

US 51 south at SR 300 - Memphis, TN

U.S. 51 south at the trumpet interchange with the SR 300 freeway spur east to I-40 and unsigned I-69 south. 01/14/19

Former North End – I-55 – Hernando, Mississippi

I-69 North MS 304 East at I-55

I-69/MS 304 north at I-55 - Hernando

Interstate 69 north at the cloverleaf interchange with I-55. The control city for I-55 south changed from Hernando to Jackson by the middle of 2007.2 I-269 opened east from this exchange on October 26, 2018. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-69/MS 304 north at I-55 - Hernando

I-69 makes a TOTSO (turn off to stay on) connection onto a c/d roadway leading north to I-55 and Memphis. Subsequent sign changes made at this ramp added I-69 north and replaced Nesbit with Southaven. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-55 North at I-69 MS 304

I-55 north at I-69/MS 304 - Hernando

Interstate 55 north one mile from the temporary end of I-69 in Hernando. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-55 north at I-69/MS 304 - Hernando

The collector distributor roadway at Exit 283 separated from I-55 north for I-69 south / MS 304 west to Tunica. These signs were replaced by 2009 when I-69 was extended north alongside I-55 to the Tennessee state line. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-55 north at I-69/MS 304 - Hernando

MS 304 was realigned onto Interstate 69 west from I-55 to U.S. 61. A portion of the former route of MS 304 east of MS 713 was designated as MS 304 Scenic Loop. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

South End – DeSoto-Tunica County Line near Tunica, Mississippi

I-69 South

I-69/MS 304 south at MS 713 - 2006

I-69 south and MS 304 west at their split prior to the opening of the I-69 leg alongside MS 713. This sign bridge was removed by 2007. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

I-69/MS 304 south at MS 713 - DeSoto County

I-69 branches southwest from MS 304 alongside MS 713 toward U.S. 61 at Casino Strip Resort Boulevard. MS 304 continues west along a freeway to MS 3 and U.S. 61. 08/07/10

I-69/MS 713 south at Tunica County

Interstate 69 south concludes at the Tunica County line. MS 713 extends the freeway another 1.6 miles to MS 304 Scenic Loop. 08/07/10

MS 304 West at US 61

MS 304 west at US 61 - Tunica County

Green outs on guide signs for U.S. 61 on MS 304 west from I-69 switched the order of Memphis and Tunica. 06/02/10

MS 304 west at US 61 - Tunica County

MS 304 concludes one half mile mile west of MS 3 at U.S. 61 north of Tunica. 06/02/10

I-69 North

I-69 north at DeSoto County, MS

A begin sign marks the transition of MS 713 north to Interstate 69 at the Tunica-DeSoto County Line. 06/02/10

I-69 north at MS 304 - DeSoto County

Northbound Interstate 69 turns east onto MS 304 at a wye interchange as MS 713 ends. 06/02/10

I-69 north at MS 304 - DeSoto County

The first reassurance shield for Interstate 69 north stands east of the merge with MS 304. 08/07/10

US 61 North at MS 304

US 61 north at MS 304 - Tunica County

U.S. 61 travels a 0.6 miles north of the signalized intersection with Harrah’s Parkway west and Green River Road to the freeway taking MS 304 east to Interstate 69. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

US 61 north at MS 304 - Tunica County

MS 304 stems east three miles to join Interstate 69 north to Hernando. Photo by Robert Lee (10/08/06).

US 61 South at MS 304

US 61 south at MS 304 - Tunica County

One half mile ahead of the trumpet interchange joining U.S. 61 south with MS 304 east to I-69. MS 3 south provides an alternate to the freeway east from nearby. 06/02/10

US 61 south at MS 304 - Tunica County

Hernando was greened out for Memphis, Tennessee on guide signs for MS 304 to I-69. U.S. 61 continues southwest by several casinos to Tunica. 06/02/10

Sources:

  1. “Road to Riches: DeSoto, region expected to reap major benefits of highway.” Memphis Commercial-Appeal (TN), October 2, 2006.
  2. Philip R. “I-269 broken link / I-565 info and question / I-69 MS info.” Personal Email, 1/18/08.

Page updated November 17, 2020.