D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville has experienced a huge amount of growth in the past several years with the Promenade Shopping Center and the other shops and restaurants across the street.The new hot spot has increased the amount of traffic on Highway 67 dramatically.
"We have had problems with traffic backing up all the way to Interstate 10 on Highway 67," said Mississippi Department of Transportation Project Manager Chuck Starita.
D'Iberville Chief of Police Wayne Payne said this is a safety hazard. "When your vehicles start to back up, people coming off the interstate are going a certain speed, and you are coming up on vehicles that are stopped, it certainly is dangerous," Payne said.
MDOT has already begun work to alleviate the problem.
"On Tuesday, we plan on shutting down the existing intersection and putting traffic on the new connector roads," Starita said.
This means drivers coming from the interstate will have to travel about 300 feet north of the current intersection to get into the shopping centers.
Construction will then begin on a fly over, which will allow shoppers to cross from one side of the street to the other without having to go through a traffic light and cross Highway 67.
"I think ultimately everyone understands why we are doing it and that it is going to work out in the end," Starita said.
Chief Payne assures officers will help make the switch an easy one for drivers.
"We will have extra officers on hand to assist with traffic flow coming in and out," said Payne
Starita said, "If they get through the construction part of it, everyone will be happy."
Officials estimate it will take a year to complete the project.