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Tupelo moves forward with Jackson Street improvements

June 18, 2019

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 10:40 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 9:31 AM

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yes during the public hearing multiple people in the community were against most of the changes being proposed but not all...however by the end of the hearing the decision was made to move forward... "well we're very concerned we are a historic district." that is what dinetia newman and many other people in the community had to say in opposition of the changes coming to jackson street. however, the mayor tells wtva the changes will do more help than harm. "it would have three lanes, it would have underground utilities, decretive street lights sidewalks. and although many in the community were against most of the changes sidewalks is 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. but the major thoroughfare committee insist that sidewalks are only one part of the need. and although the project will cost more than 8 million tax dollars, you cant 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." and bill cleveland tells wtva other neighbors that live on jackson street have that same problem. "there's a lady that lives there and i visited with her and she has to turn around on her grass so that she can go back out into jackson st. forward because she can't back out into it." by the end of the hearing the thoroughfare committee voted to move forward with the improvements . tomorrow the city council will decide if the improvements will move forward before construction is scheduled to start. reporting live in tupelo erin wilson wtva 9 news. a former webster county
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