A major traffic improvement at the downtown New Albany exit on U.S. 78 (Interstate 22) gets under way later this month.
Concrete traffic barriers are stacked under the U.S 78 bridge over Central and Carter avenues in preparation for the work to begin March 15. The contract was awarded to Falkner-based Hill Brothers Construction Co.
The work involves widening the Central/Carter avenues overpass and the bridge over the Tallahatchie River to 40 feet and lengthening the on and off ramps at the downtown New Albany exit.
Joseph Hitt, manager of the Mississippi Department of Transportation office in New Albany, said the acceleration and deceleration ramps for the downtown exit will be extended about 200 feet to meet Interstate standards. The result will be drivers will have more space to merge into traffic along the bridges.
The project, which is expected to be completed in November 2013, will cost about $19 million.
As U.S. 78 comes up to full Interstate standards, we can expect a significant increase in traffic on the highway and a corresponding increase in business at local restaurants and hotels.
Some changes will be made in traffic flow between Carter and Central avenues. We hope the changes will improve safety in the area, which currently is the source of a number of traffic accidents.
Current plans do not involve adding traffic lights at the exit because the traffic counts are too low. We think this is shortsighted and should be reconsidered.
But we welcome the improvements. The Interstate 22 designation is important to our economy and to New Albany’s future.
About Chris Elkins
- Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer August 23, 2016
- Local resident report being victim of jury duty scam August 25, 2016
- Tanglefoot Trail good, but needs more signs August 25, 2016
- Ellistown Breezes August 25, 2016
- Eastern Lights August 25, 2016
- Friday Night Lights: Deep ball upends Bulldogs August 26, 2016
- Urchins tame the Lions in shutout win August 25, 2016
- Easy riding ahead August 25, 2016
- County schools still among top in state August 25, 2016
- Rickey Scaggs to headline Tallahatchie RiverFest in Oct. August 25, 2016
- Seth Vincent Flake: New Albany and the people behind the scenes are do...
- Jeremy Cable: They also need to allow for a more eclectic musica...
- Darren Byles: Better yet, why aren't they punished for not foll...
- Darren Byles: "According to Strawn, Union County schools receiv...
- Lego MiniFaulkner: Also worth a look: http://www.knightsgambitvineyar...