Tupelo survey asks: How do you use Main Street?

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is asking people to weigh in on how they use Main Street, hoping the input will help the group formulate its overhaul of Main Street.
The association, with the aid of the Community Development Foundation, set up an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/Main StreetTupeloTrafficSurvey.
“We want to collect general information about how people use Main Street,” said Jon Milstead, CDF’s vice president of planning. “Do they walk? Bike? Drive? Depending on how they use Main Street, how long does it take them to travel the stretch in question?”
For the Main Street master plan, the association has proposed a three-lane version of Main Street from Green to Elizabeth streets. The road also will have bike lanes, if the design is approved.
The City Council asked for a test of the new configuration before the members vote on the design. The $30,000 test, which consists of synchronizing the traffic lights and temporarily taping the driving lanes, is expected to start in about a week or two. It will last six weeks.
The association hired traffic consultants, but Milstead said, “We want to know how people in Tupelo actually use Main Street.”
The information will be given to the project engineers and the City Council.
The survey asks that participants make three trips through downtown Tupelo and record how long it takes them to make the trips and the number of traffic lights at which they are stopped.
Main Street will continue the survey until the traffic test starts. The survey responses are anonymous, but if participants enter their name, they will be registered to win $100 Downtown Dollars, which is Main Street’s gift certificate program.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@journalinc.com.