A new and improved commute

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 9/17/2013 4:20 pm
BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Butch Scott own Mama Hazel's Pizza in Guntown. Over the years, he's wished for a better road in front of his business.

"Well, it had gotten to where people would go a different route to get around the roads, so this will make it a lot better and we're real happy and real pleased to see it come through like this and it's can't hurt business."

Sonya Pettigo owns Pettigo Motors in Guntown.

She is ready for progress.

"I'm glad to see them re-doing the roads around here. I've been here all my life and as long as I can remember, these roads have been awful."

It's been 19 years since this 3.7 mile of Highway 145 was paved.

Even so, Pettigo says it remains a busy one.

"There's all kinds of traffic. It's busy all day long. I'm here from six days a week and it's constantly somebody coming through."

Highway 145 may not be the route of preference for most commuters, but it does remain a heavily-traveled road with some 12,000 vehicles daily.

Even if the traffic count was higher, two-lane overlay projects tend to take the back burner to fast-moving four lanes.

"With our money being like it is now, the two-lane routes are getting harder to get scheduled because of it taking so much of our budget to overlay the high-speed, high-volume four lane routes," Mississippi Department of Transportation District Engineer Bill Jamieson said.

The project is set for completion in mid-November.
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