Crosstown intersection closed until Monday

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Motorists who use Crosstown in Tupelo will have to use one of the detour routes this weekend.

By Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Drivers near Crosstown should be patient as the busy intersection will be redirected for an estimated two and a half days to upgrade 220 feet of railroad.

The intersection of Main and Gloster streets closed beginning at 6 a.m. today as BNSF railway workers correct infrastructure problems blamed for vehicle damage and aggravation for traffic headed east on Main Street.

City leaders have urged drivers to consider avoiding the intersection unless necessary to avoid congestion and slow passage. Tupelo public works employees and police officers will direct traffic to alternate routes.

The intersection is expected to reopen around noon on Monday but could be delayed depending on weather conditions this weekend.

Weekend repairs overlap with thousands of participants, volunteers and race organizers gathering this morning at Fairpark for the Color Vibe 5k, while downtown will host the inaugural NOleput festival and the BancorpSouth Arena hosts a circus.

Mayor Jason Shelton announced the closure of the intersection during a weekend of busy activities based on uncertainty of when railroad officials could reschedule the repairs.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com