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Natchez Trace officials consider adding rumble strips

Officials with the Natchez Trace Parkway want to know how the public feels about rumble strips.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 10:19 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 10:52 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Officials with the Natchez Trace Parkway want to know how the public feels about rumble strips.

Trace officials are considering adding the strips to certain sections of the Parkway. 

Right now, the areas targeted in Mississippi include Prentiss and Tishomingo counties. 

Studies show rumble strips help reduce the number of car wrecks.

Lane departures account for more than 90 percent of car wreck deaths along the Trace. 

"We have some safety issues on the Natchez Trace Parkway with lane departure," Chief of Maintenance Barry Boyd said. "A lot of accidents due to people leaving the lane. They are going off the road and hitting trees, or they're either crossing the lane hitting someone head-on or crossing the lane going off the pavement and over-correcting coming back."

Other areas under consideration are Colbert and Lauderdale counties in Alabama. 

Comments on the issue can be made online through Dec. 20. 

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