TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — If you drive in the Barnes Crossing area of Tupelo especially during the holiday shopping season, you see a lot of brake lights and a lot of waiting in traffic that's backed up for what seems like forever.
Martha Nelson of Plantersville said, "I go the other way because I don't like the traffic."
Drivers we talked to Friday morning said traffic wasn't too bad considering it's Black Friday.
There were backups in some areas in and around the mall. However, people seemed to get from place to place with relative ease.
Rhonda Jackson of Sturgis said, "There hasn't been a lot of traffic here. Normally it would be really packed but today was pretty good."
That's not always the case, especially when the weekend rolls around, and we get closer to Christmas.
Some drivers who live in the area say that's when they avoid this part of the city altogether.
Rodney Rowe of Nettleton said, "Yes I do avoid the weekends. I try to get a day off during the week and come during the week when everybody's at school or at work."
Ashley Long of Guntown said, "I usually try to come during the week and not on weekends when it's the worst."
Right now just Gloster Street and Barnes Crossing Road are the only ways in and only ways out of this part of town.
The new northern loop still has up to a year before it's opened.
Police say they'll respond to many traffic accidents in the Barnes Crossing area over the next few weeks.
Most of them will be fender benders.
Their advice is to slow down, watch out for other drivers, and above all, bring plenty of patience with you.
One driver says she likes coming here but will only do so in the morning time.
Jackie Brewer of Starkville said, "I like to come early to get through it, get done, and leave. I like to get in and get out."
There's no doubt drivers hope for the same thing throughout the next few weeks.