Delays Likely on Highway 39

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

One of Meridian's busiest thoroughfares may be a little bumpy for a few weeks.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on Highway 39 in Meridian, from the interstate to North Hills Street.

Officials say you can expect some delays due to that ongoing project.

Traffic is down to one lane in each direction, but the handful of people we talked to say they aren't bothered by the improvements being made to a busy highway.

"It's a little bit of a burden having to get around to go other places, but it's not that bad," said Evan Edmonds.

"I stay out toward the Navy base. I can go the other way," said Willie Smith.

This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In short, it's your stimulus dollars at work. We got mixed reaction on that.

"Do what they've got to do."

"I don't think we need to be doing that. Money can be spent elsewhere as far as taking the hand-outs from the government. I don't think we should do that."

This phase of work is to be completed in the next two weeks, but the project as a whole is expected to be finished by Nov. 24.

MDOT advises the use of alternate routes if possible.


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