Efforts are underway to increase safety for a local business, and possibly grow new business.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is calling for a portion of Valley Road, from I-20/59 to 31st Avenue South, to be closed. Business officials say it would be beneficial.
The area that would be affected is the portion of Valley Road located off the interstate, past the Pilot Truck Stop.
If approved it would start at a bridge just yards away from Atlas Roofing. If the closure takes effect, only traffic for Atlas will be able to go beyond that point.
EMBDC officials say this would help Atlas Roofing in more ways than one.
"Atlas has been in Meridian 50 years, and in that time, they have grown to encompass both sides of Valley Road and the through traffic has been an issue, mostly related to speeding," said Skip Scaggs, business development manager at the EMBDC.
Scaggs says closure would make the area more safe for Atlas employees and the general public, and hopefully, make it more enticing for further expansion.
"If you can identify or eliminate those problem areas, we give them a better chance of staying open and competing where they may have sister plants, competing in inter-corporate rivalries where they may have sister plants that process the same product," said Scaggs.
Scaggs says it will likely be late November or early December before the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors votes on whether or not to close that portion of Valley Road.
The public will have opportunities to share their views on the proposal. There is a meeting Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at South Volunteer Fire Department. Another is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at Union Station.