DeSoto supervisors consider study of 1-69 corridor

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County supervisors are considering a study to help determine the best use of land lying along the Interstate 69 corridor.

A section of the new interstate, which will span the country from the Canadian border in Michigan to the Mexican border in Texas, is nearing completion between Interstate 55 and U-S Highway 61 in DeSoto County.

Supervisor Tommy Lewis on Monday suggested an economic impact study of the effect of the new highway on the county and especially the land near it.

Officials say the study would look at the potential of population growth and into the "highest and best" uses for the land along the corridor.

County Administrator Michael Garriga says he's trying to obtain one million dollars in federal funds for the study from the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization, which dispenses federal transportation money in the Memphis area.

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