Proposed Routes for I-69 Selected

DECEMBER 1, 2004 - Posted at 6:10 p.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - State officials have picked the routes they want around Memphis for I-69, a proposed interstate that would cross the country from north to south.

Plans for the highway have been discussed for years and financing for it has yet to be settled.

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner Jerry Nicely wants a 15-mile section of the highway to run between Memphis and Millington, a Shelby County suburb to the north.

In Mississippi, transportation officials want a 28-mile section of the highway to run between Collierville in Shelby County to Hernando, a small Mississippi town south of Memphis.

The highway combination for Tennessee and Mississippi would take more than 22-hundred acres of right of way and displace 78 families and eight businesses.

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