Planned four-way stop in Corinth is drawing complaints

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A Corinth alderman may recommend canceling plans for a four-way stop at the intersection of the newly opened Droke Road and South Parkway Street.
Alderman Mike Hopkins said he has received a number of complaints about the plan to stop north-south traffic on South Parkway, which for years has had the right of way, as well as the east-west traffic on Droke Road. The change is scheduled to take effect April 25.
“It’s something that needs to be looked at,” said Hopkins, who plans to raise the issue at the regular city board meeting on Tuesday.
Police Chief David Lancaster said he, too, has heard complaints from city residents.
Lancaster said he did not know specifics of the intersection plan and was not aware of any problem that would necessitate the change.
The four-way stop was part of the initial road improvement plan for Droke Road in conjunction with opening of the new Corinth Elementary School. The school faces Droke Road, which was widened to three lanes, and a roundabout intersection was installed at the intersection of Droke and South Harper Road.
Both intersections were scheduled to be completed when the new school opened, but all three projects were completed later than their originally scheduled dates. The school opened in mid-October, the roundabout was completed in November and Droke Road opened last week.
New signs were installed Wednesday and will remain covered by black plastic until the scheduled April 25 change. Four “stop ahead” signs as well as the stop signs have been installed, to help drivers prepare for the stop.
“Maybe we need to open it up and see how well it works,” the police chief said. “I usually assign a cruiser with flashing lights to warn motorists of a change in traffic patterns for a while until they get used to it.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.