By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – If all goes according to plan, Crosstown could open as early as 11 a.m. today.
Tupelo’s busiest intersection has been closed since early Saturday to fix loose railway tracks, and BNSF Railway completed its work at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tupelo’s Public Works Department has to complete the job by pouring asphalt, but Sunday night’s showers delayed that.
“We’re hoping to pour asphalt at 5 or 6 a.m. (today),” said Chuck Williams, director of the public works department. “So I’m hoping we’ll open at 11 a.m. or a little later.”
Crosstown was originally scheduled to open on Monday.
There have been no accidents reported in relation to the shutdown.
It was a busy weekend in downtown Tupelo, with The Color Vibe run, the first NOleput festival and the circus at BancorpSouth Arena.
But drivers found ways around the closure.
BNSF Railway is upgrading 220 feet of railroad at the Crosstown site, which is the intersection of the city’s principal north-south and east-west arteries, Gloster and Main streets.
The city of Tupelo had received numerous complaints from motorists about the condition of the tracks at the intersection, including a few whose vehicles had been damaged.