Highway 67 traffic signal to be turned on Friday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On Friday MDOT plans to flip the switch on a new traffic signal at Highway 67 and Lickskillet Road.

The latest wreck at an intersection, many people living in the area, call "dangerous" happened Wednesday evening. Biloxi police said most of the collisions are caused by drivers pulling out in front of the fast moving Highway 67 traffic.

The plan is to have the new traffic sign in flash mode by Friday and fully operating on Tuesday. Before that can happen crews have to tie up a few loose ends.

"Right now they're installing an equipment cabinet for they're going to have cameras up top to watch the traffic going on the road, the flow of traffic and everything," Austin Powell of Powell Construction Services said.

MDOT officials said they put up a traffic light because turning onto Highway 67 at Lickskillet is extremely difficult. Drivers making a left turn have to clear two lanes of high speed traffic then try to merge into more high speed traffic.

WLOX witnessed a near collision in the short time we were there. It can also be hazardous for people headed straight on Lickskillet to cross four lanes traffic going at least 55 miles per hour.

"Our traffic division did do an analysis on this intersection and determined that the volume and the turn movements did warrant a signal for this intersection," MDOT Area Engineer Paula Wiles said.

"For the people on the side streets it's definitely going to help them a lot getting onto the main road on Highway 67," said Powell. "It's going to be a whole lot safer once it's all said and done."

MDOT will make sure drivers know to slow down as they approach the traffic signal.

"Each of the four approaches will have an advanced warning signs that has flashing lights on it," Wiles said. "So they will be aware when the signal is about to change from green to yellow and they can prepare to stop."

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