Main St. lane test enters Week 4

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Main Street restriping test is moving along, but it still is facing a perception issue, a city leader said Tuesday.
Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, told the group’s board members Tuesday that the first three weeks of the test have gone well.
However, she’s noticed that traffic is backing up more than usual on the side roads that lead to Main Street in downtown.
The restriping is testing a traffic configuration of a section of Main Street that converts the road into two lanes with a center turn lane. The proposed configuration is part of a bigger plan that aims to make downtown Tupelo more appealing to pedestrians, cyclists, diners, shoppers and tourists.
The City Council required the test before the members would vote on permanent changes.
Brangenberg said the new timing of the traffic lights is causing a traffic delay for the side streets, especially on Spring Street on Fridays.
The Main Street group will look at adjusting the lights after getting input from its hired traffic consultants.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@journalinc.com.