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MDOT making strides on I-69, I-269 corridor

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BYHALIA, Miss. (FOX13) -

Planners have said that the I-69 - I-269 corridor in Mississippi will cause growth in a two mile swath on either side of the roadway.

As a matter of fact, Byhalia is already seeing some growth because of it. The north Mississippi community's population is about 1,500 and it's currently a one stop light town.

Now imagine what happens when you take that one stoplight town and run an interstate through it.

Some business owners are already making plans for the traffic they say is coming.

In the northwest edge of Byhalia, they are constantly moving the earth. Hopefully it's going to bring more business down through here.
According to developers FOX13 News talked with, there is talk of some new eateries going in.

Yeah, we could really use something," one resident said. "We could use a McDonald's, Wendy's, or something."

They're talking about a Subway down at 309 and Highway 178. Some of those chain stores have talked very seriously about coming to Byhalia, according to the city's chamber of commerce.
Those working at Byhalia Hardware say they have already seen an increase in traffic both on the street and in the store.

"What I have noticed is in the last two or three months, is that traffic has picked up quite a bit," said one resident. "You see more and more construction crews come in, MDOT, and that brings some revenue to the town as well."
Some of the established stores in Byhalia are planning on doubling their size, in anticipation of the interstate, with the hopes that a boom is ultimately coming.
That provides a little more traffic going in and out of town, and some folks who might not have stopped here in the past will be able to come through here."

In talking with a number of planners, exactly how the I-69, I-269 corridor affects areas around it, and how much growth it is going to cause, they really are not sure.

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