Tupelo moves forward with Jackson Street improvements

Dinetia Newman and many other people in the community were in opposition to the changes coming to Jackson Street in Tupelo.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 10:49 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 9:22 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Dinetia Newman and many other people in the community were in opposition to the changes coming to Jackson Street in Tupelo.

However, the mayor said the changes will do more help than harm.

"It would have three lanes. It would have underground utilities, decorative street lights and sidewalks," Mayor Jason Shelton said.

Although many in the community were against most of the changes, sidewalks are where both sides found common ground.

"We are a sidewalk community. We walk everywhere. We walk our dogs. The young people in our community stroll with their babies and go to Robins Field, so we totally support the sidewalks," Newman said.

The Major Thoroughfare Committee, however, insisted that sidewalks are only one part of the need.

Although the project will cost more than 8 million tax dollars, they feel you can't put a price on safety.

"It's only a little two-lane road, and he has a narrow driveway and so backing out of the driveway into the street with limited visibility, I almost got it backing out of the driveway," Bill Cleveland said.

Cleveland said other neighbors that live on Jackson Street have that same problem.

By the end of the hearing, the Major Thoroughfare Committee voted to move forward with the improvements.

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