Public forum set for May 3 on roadwork

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In an effort to draw support before the May 3 special election, Major Thoroughfare Program Committee members will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
The group will outline plans for the next five-year phase, which includes several large-scale road improvement projects costing more than $20 million. They’ll also answer questions about the proposed projects, as well as the program itself.
Funds for the projects will come from a 10-mill property tax. It represents nearly one-third of the city’s total 32.47 millage.
City residents currently pay the MTP tax, and have since the program launched two decades ago. They vote every five years whether to continue the special levy and fund a new series of road projects.
The next election is May 3.
For its next phase – the fifth – the MTP Committee wants to widen South Gloster, East Main and Jackson streets, as well as Eason and Veterans boulevards.
It also wants to put right-hand turn lanes along North Gloster Street near the mall, and build an interchange where the new state Highway 6 will cross South Thomas Street, which it also will widen.
If members don’t persuade enough voters to support it, the Major Thoroughfare Program will end this year when its tax collections stop.
The group has enough money in the bank to complete its ongoing project – the new road connecting west Tupelo to the Barnes Crossing shopping district – but not enough for those proposed in Phase 5.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.