D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Big changes are underway at the busy intersection of Sangani Boulevard and Highway 67 in D'Iberville. Tens of thousands of vehicles pass through that area each day.
Sangani Boulevard did connect Promenade Shopping Center to the west, with the WalMart Shopping Center to the east. But not any longer. M-DOT is building a 300 foot fly-over bridge that will cross over Highway 67, joining the two shopping centers and increasing public safety.
Warning signs flash the news and concrete barriers direct drivers.
"You know, it is a big change. We're going to have traffic issues. It is road construction. But it's going as well as expected," said Clay Jones
By late Tuesday morning, Sangani at 67 was blocked off with barriers and road closed signs. That closure signals the opening of the newly-built connector road which crosses the highway and joins the two shopping centers.
Drivers follow the flow, while traffic officers direct motorists around the construction zone.
"It is a big deal. What we're doing, we finally built the new connector roads and we've shifted traffic to the new intersection that we built. And at this point, things are going really well," said Chuck Starita, the project engineer for MDOT.
Cables and wires which held the old traffic signals are taken down. New signs and lights will now direct drivers around the busy crossing. Project engineers say keeping all these cars moving once the work begins is a primary concern.
"I think the biggest challenge from our standpoint is traffic flow. Managing the traffic while we build the project," said Chad Tubbs with Gulf Equipment.
From a traffic flow standpoint, the key word is patience. You'll still be able to get to any business out there; you'll just have to take a slightly different route.
"And this project is going to be incorporated with the Sangani widening project. So, we think everything is going to flow together much, much safer. We'll have an overpass over Highway 67 now," said Starita.
"Pay attention to your surroundings. We've got new lanes of traffic. We've got new channelization. We're going to have officers in the roadway and road construction people on the roadway. So, be very careful. Again, patience is the best advice when you travel this area," said Officer Jones.
It will take some time for drivers to get used to the new traffic flow. Construction of the new fly-over bridge will take about a year.