JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County road crews are tearing-up parts of Mallette Road and Daisy Vestry Road. They're removing what was once a dangerous, sharp intersection.
"We've had numerous wrecks here," said District 4 Supervisor Tommy Broadnax. "When large trucks would come through, they would have to take the whole roadbed to make the turn. It was a three-lane bottlenecking into a narrow two-lane in the intersection, and that's what we're eliminating."
Broadnax says for years, he has heard complaints from drivers who've had close-calls while trying to make the tight 90-degree turn at the intersection. The area has become a popular short-cut for Jackson County drivers as they head to I-110 or to stores around the Lakeview Shopping Center in D'Iberville.
"I've sat here several times with cameras and doing traffic counts myself and I witnessed one accident," said Broadnax.
Based on the latest traffic count, in 2006, more than 3,000 cars passed through the area every day. In 2007, that number doubled to 7,000 vehicles. Jackson County leaders say with so much commercial development around Sangani Boulevard, they expect the roads to become even busier than ever.
So the county bought some land, removed a house, and took down some trees to make room for a bigger intersection and wider turn lanes. A huge tree stump that once blocked driver's views at the corner is also gone.
"They'll be able to beneficially turn in here without coming into the other lane," said Butch Loper, the Assistant Road Manager for Jackson County. "It won't obstruct the traffic flow and cause the possibility of an accident. You should see a more enhanced traffic flow here when this is completed."
"There will be a lot of people pleased because of this," said Broadnax.
The $150,000 project includes drainage improvements. The Jackson County Road Department is doing all the work in order to save taxpayers money. The new and improved intersection should open in mid-July.