Improvements Snarl Traffic

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Early Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation shut down exit 154 of I-20/59. That's the first exit from the east as you're coming into Meridian, and a main artery into both downtown Meridian and north Meridian.

Lest we forget, the city had already closed the 22nd Avenue bridge for renovations, meaning two of the main routes into the city are now closed.
It's enough to cause some major traffic issues for people trying to get into and out of the city.

The issue of the traffic here has really turned into mess. If you're near this part of the interstate and take a look in any direction all you see are cars upon cars.

Whether drivers are headed north on Highway 39 or south near the interstate they are in the same situation. Both directions are down to one lane.

Most drivers told Newscenter 11 it's mainly a big inconvenience.

Others said they are happy to see the issue being addressed:

"Oh, I've been feeling that for so long. I've been caught up in traffic. It's messed up. I just have to go all the way down and come back up to turn around and make U-turns. "

"I'm glad to see them fixing this intersection. We usually call it malfunction junction."

Some of the crew members working on the highway said they are resurfacing the blacktop with concrete because it holds up better and longer.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    Meridian should look at what larger cities do and do road work in congested areas at late night time only using lights. That way daytime traffic would not be backed up making people late to work.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 10:07 PM
    I am happy for the road improvements. I think the city has done a poor job of helping with traffic congestion. How about adjustments to lights that turn quickly. I was backed up in traffic at LaPinata yesterday. I sat there for 12 minutes trying to turn left of Frontage road due to the traffic light. It would only take a few minutes at each intersection to see the problem. How hard is it to make adjustments to the traffic lights?
  • by annon. on Oct 21, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    Please get an announcer who can pronounce the word "traffic"; it really is not pronounced "triffic"...
  • by janis Location: meridian on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    I am very happy about the road improvements and bridge work,but, getting too work downtown is awful,aggravating and downright frustrating. How about making all of the downtown streets 2-way? At least until the work downtown is done.
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