STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Starkville police department announced it will have officers block off an area in the Cotton District to ensure the safety of pedestrians.
Public Information Officer Brandon Lovelady said officers will use barricades and blue lights to close the area near University Drive and Maxwell Street. He said the closure will happen from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Lovelady said the closure comes at a time when there's heavy foot traffic moving from downtown Starkville to the Cotton District.
"This way we have just a closed area where people can feel safe and can walk throughout," said Lovelady.
Pedestrians will not be able to wander in the street or have an open container, since the city has an ordinance against open containers of alcohol in the streets or on the sidewalks.
Lovelady said the road closure is open-ended and will be adjusted based on football games and other events.