45 traffic light

Traffic light to halt

motorists on U.S. 45

beginning today

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will activate a traffic signal on U.S. Highway 45 at Baldwyn/Ripley Road near Baldwyn effective today.

The signal will now require motorists on U.S. 45 to stop on red.

Bob Mabry, assistant state traffic engineer for signals, said the change was mandated by traffic counts at the intersection. While Mabry did not know how many accidents had occurred at the location, he said the accident rate was a factor in deciding to control traffic at the intersection.

“There’s a certain volume required to justify a traffic signal and you can reduce that rate by 20 percent if you have over five accidents at that location a year,” Mabry said. “(Accidents) helped justify the change.”

Motorists should be aware of the change and use extra caution when passing through the intersection.

Mabry said traffic signals on four-lane highways aren’t unusual in the state, noting the signal on Mississippi Highway 6 in Oxford at the intersection of Jackson Avenue.

Marty Russell