By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Mount Vernon Road, a portion of which was set to reopen this week after construction, will remain blocked through the end of the month.
The city Public Works Department announced Monday that recent rains have delayed the project until at least July 29. It had begun June 21.
Workers have blocked Mount Vernon at the city limits, just north of Native Son Farm, to lay drainage pipes for the northern loop. The loop is a new five-lane road connecting west Tupelo to the Barnes Crossing shopping district. It crosses Mount Vernon, as well as U.S. 78 and the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a project of the Major Thoroughfare Program.
Only local traffic is allowed through. Other motorists must take one of two detours: either from McCullough to County Road 183 and then to County Road 1740; or from North Gloster Street to Birmingham Ridge Road.
After Mount Vernon reopens at the city limits, construction there will continue for several more weeks without the roadblocks.