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This is the view of I-269 looking east from McIngvale Road near Hernando recently, part of the interstate segment to be officially open this Friday. While the ribbon cutting event is set for the Getwell Road interchange at 10 a.m., the nine-mile segment will become available for initial travel during the latter part of the afternoon.  

A large crowd is expected to attend Friday's ribbon cutting for the opening of the DeSoto County portion of I-269 at the intersection of Getwell Road and I-269.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. at the Getwell Road interchange onto I-269.

To get to the event, Mississippi Department of Transportation officials are urging that motorists use Getwell Road.

"It's been a long time coming," said Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert on Wednesday. "I think it will be a real asset to DeSoto County. It looks like hopefully the weather will cooperate."

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Landers Center, located at 4560 Venture Drive in Southaven.

With the completion of the final nine-mile segment between Interstate 55 and State Route 305, the Interstate 269 corridor will be open to the public, providing a four-lane controlled-access route from I-55 in DeSoto County to Interstate 40 in Tennessee.

Tagert said that U.S. Transportation Elaine Chao will be unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

However, Tagert both of Mississippi's two sitting U.S. Senators, Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith will be in attendance along with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

The Hernando High School Advanced Woman's Choir will perform the national anthem.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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