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Mississippi Breaks Ground on Segment of Its Largest Highway Project
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined state and local officials last week to kick off construction on Interstate 269 in north Mississippi. The $20 million project will complete the beltway around nearby Memphis, Tennessee. This is the first of four phases of construction in Mississippi.

"This project will help move freight across Mississippi, enhance regional and national transportation networks, and connect communities," Mendez said in a statement. "All of these benefits will make the area more livable by reducing congestion so people can spend less time in their cars and more time doing things they enjoy."

The completed I-269 loop in Mississippi is estimated to cost $669 million and will create a 25-mile direct connection from the existing Interstate 55/Interstate 69 interchange to the Tennessee border, linking major freight routes in the region. The entire I-269 corridor is part of the overall 1,600-mile-long Interstate 69 corridor that will eventually connect Canada to Mexico from Michigan to Texas.

When completed in 2014, this first phase of Mississippi's portion of I-269 will create three miles of new roadway and bridge construction from Mississippi 302 to the Tennessee border.

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