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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