More downtown street closures in Meridian

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - More streets will soon be closed in downtown Meridian. City leaders say the work will begin Monday, Aug. 13, and will last six more months.

The city will close 25th Avenue from 4th Street to 6th Street and 5th Street between 25th and 26th avenues. The closure is to complete the Street Scape Enhancement Project. Business owners are bracing themselves for the construction.

Terry Nevith is among a number of small businesses in the area impacted by construction over the past year.

"That's next year. I think the project should have been done long before that. Once it gets fixed it's going to be great for downtown. But by that time how can we pay the rent? If we don't get the customers, how can we pay it?," said Nevith.

Ernestine Jones frequently drives through the downtown area to get home. She and other commuters will have to re-route.

"I know work has to be done. I will have to find another way. There is always another way," said Jones.

Once construction begins, business owners say they will accommodate customers as best as they can.

"We are gong to be open and be here. The streets are going to be torn up from 4th to 6th streets. We are off in timing; the streets should have been done by now," said Nevith.

Upgrades for the streets are funded by a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant.