Striping won't include East Main Street

By Emily Le Coz and Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A city project to restripe downtown streets will skip the most heavily traveled thoroughfare.
For the past year and a half, Main Street has sported a patchwork of temporary stripes as part of a trial run on its ability to carry traffic on three lanes instead of four. The stripes were meant to stay six months before permanent ones took their place.
But delays on that project – which is part of a master plan to improve Main Street from downtown to the Elvis Presley Birthplace – have kept the temporary stripes in place. The stripes were part of a City Council-requested test of traffic on a three-lane version of Main Street versus a four-lane version.
In April, Jon Milstead, who is assisting on behalf of the Community Development Foundation, said the temporary tape stripes are holding up longer than expected. The plan is to keep them until they are no longer viable or the permanent ones are painted, he said.
For now, crews from Public Works are restriping side streets.
“We’re not touching Main Street,” said Chuck Williams, streets and draining supervisor for the Public Works.

Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.