Three weeks until Endville work done

TUPELO – Nearly a year after it began, a rain-delayed project to ease traffic and improve Tupelo’s portion of Endville Road has neared completion.
It lacks only permanent striping, behind-the-curb work and general cleanup, said Phillip Harbor of the city’s Public Works Department, who acts as the project’s manager.
“Weather permitting, it should be completely finished in the next three weeks,” he said.
The $602,000 job was launched in August 2009 and was expected to take about five months. But relentless rain during the fall, winter and spring continually delayed the project, Harbor said.
The portion in question spans a half mile from McCullough Boulevard west to the Belden Cemetery. ENSCOR of Arlington, Tenn. has the contract.
Workers installed a drainage system, created curbs and gutters, installed a new road base, and added a left-hand turn lane onto McCullough. The new lane will ease congestion that for years plagued Endville as vehicles awaited the traffic light.
“It should help,” said Jerry Burkett of Belden Grocery and Deli, which sits at that intersection. “We get a lot of traffic down there.”
Some 4,300 vehicles travel that portion of Endville daily, according to the most recent traffic counts provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation in 2008.
The road also provides access to Tupelo Christian Preparatory School and several churches and residential areas. And it’s a cut-through to Highway 9.
In addition, McCullough ferries some 14,000 vehicles past the Endville intersection each day, often making it difficult to enter and exit the rural road.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Emily LeCoz / NEMS Daily Journal