To fulfill the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) facilitating trade between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Congress designated a new interstate facility―Interstate 69 (I-69) from Indianapolis, Indiana to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Mexico.
The Greenville area has been identified as a location requiring further study for access and connectivity to the I-69 route. ABMB performed a corridor study which identified several feasible alternatives.
Following the Feasibility Study, ABMB led the environmental study in 2005 to develop an Environmental Impact Statement that would provide an acceptable corridor to connect U.S. 82 near Greenville to the future path of I-69. Multiple public meetings were held jointly by ABMB and MDOT to introduce the concept and gather public input. Following that meeting, ABMB and its sub-consultants, including engineers, archaeologists, ecologists, and other scientists, studied the alternative corridors to determine any potential impacts.
In December 2006, ABMB’s team presented an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to MDOT and FHWA for consideration. The study provided for an alternative primarily following U.S. 61 from Leland, Mississippi, to just south of Shaw. Further public meetings were held in 2007, and the project is currently awaiting additional funding.