MDOT says road changes coming to Tupelo to eliminate congestion

The city of Tupelo continues to grow and expand which means more people out on the city roads and MDOT says it is making safety changes.

Posted: Feb 4, 2018 10:31 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2018 9:20 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The city of Tupelo continues to grow and expand, which means more people out on the city roads.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says they are making some safety changes.

"We do periodically get congestion complaints along Gloster," MDOT District Engineer Mark Holley said. 

The Gloster streets in Tupelo are almost filled with travelers.

"As we continue to provide services and as we continue to grow, traffic is just one of those things we will have to work with our developers and our stakeholders to continue to manage," Director of Development Services and Economic Development Shane Hooper said. 

With a growing city like Tupelo, more businesses mean more people. 

"Taxes are coming in.  There are a lot of crowds. You just have to move around slowly and be careful," Shannon Resident Tyler George said. 

MDOT says to eliminate the number of accidents and congestion in some areas, there will be changes. 

"Some turn lanes added, some widening in some areas, some radius improvements," Holley said. 

Those safety improvements will be in places like the McCullough Boulevard interchange and from Barnes Crossing Road to Highway 45.

MDOT says it has had problems with those roads in the past, especially when it rains or snows.

Workers will be installing radar detection lights which will help in severe weather situations.

"It's more prone to breakage in loop detection and when that breaks the signals don't function properly," Holley said. 

The city says there is currently an $11 million dollar project on South Gloster and there are plans that cost several million dollars that will help alleviate traffic congestion in the Barnes Crossing area. 

"With development comes what we call growing pains, economic growing pains. It's one of those things we all have to work with and we will continue to work with our police department, MDOT and all of our stakeholders to make sure we have a free flow of traffic in one of our more busy areas of Tupelo," Hooper said. 

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