A warning to motorists traveling in north Mississippi. Stay off Interstate 269 in DeSoto County until it’s finished.
The last nine-mile stretch of 269 connects I-55 to Highway 305. Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say some drivers are already using it and it’s not safe.
“These people will most definitely encounter construction crews that aren’t expecting them to be there,” said MDOT engineer Mitch Turner.
Construction crews working on the last stretch of I-269 in Mississippi are near the finish line, but they need drivers to give them a break.
Turner said, “Our contractors have reported a lot of traffic through here, and MDOT officials too.”
Motorists who ignore the warning signs and move or drive around barricades, put themselves and workers in danger. MDOT officials say driving on the interstate could also damage it, which could cause construction delays.
“It’s very dangerous for our people and it’s dangerous for them too,” said Turner.
Local law enforcement set up on I-55 Labor Day weekend and ticketed drivers who exited the 269 project.
“It’s not the smart thing to do,” Turner said.
MDOT officials say crews are working during the day and at night, even on weekends.
“There’s not a safe time for you to be able to access this project and get through it safely,” said Turner.
MDOT crews will also be repaving portions of I-55 between Hernando and Nesbit over the next several weeks.
The final phase of the 269 project is expected to be finished mid-October.