By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Homeowners affected by a proposed change at a major Corinth intersection told the city board Tuesday that they’d like access to their street to remain unchanged.
The board voted to re-evaluate current plans and determine the viability of keeping Liddon Lake Road’s current access at the traffic light with U.S. Highway 72 and North Parkway Street as it is.
A grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation to the city to add a westbound turn lane on Parkway from the north onto U.S. 72 previously stipulated that the added lane would require closing Liddon Lake Road’s access at the traffic light, a five-point intersection.
A proposed alternate outlet for Liddon Lake Road to U.S. 72 would be constructed several hundred yards to the east, beside an Auto Zone store.
Bringing petitions signed by about 25-30 residents of Liddon Lake Road, Tommy Case told board members that the proposed change raises grave safety concerns for residents turning onto U.S. 72 in either direction, with the constantly heavy traffic flow, as well as impeded access of emergency vehicles to the residents.
Terrell Hudson,an Auto Zone district manager, said the company also objects to a proposed change because the store chose the site with the Liddon Lake Road light-controlled access in mind.
He also noted that since Auto Zone’s parking area is accessed from both U.S. 72 and Liddon Lake Road, there is a safety concern that people might begin using the store parking lot as a crossover point.
Preliminary discussions about the residents’ concerns will begin in a scheduled meeting between city officials and engineers this afternoon.