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Capitol St. project to create two-way traffic

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Barricades were recently put in place along Capitol Street from Congress to Gallatin Streets. Barricades were recently put in place along Capitol Street from Congress to Gallatin Streets.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Traffic along Capitol Street in downtown Jackson isn't moving as normal, but it's for a good cause.

Barricades were recently put in place along Capitol Street from Congress to Gallatin Streets. The roadblocks are up in preparation for the start of construction on Monday. Contractors will start work to begin reversing Capitol Street from one-way to two-way traffic.

Proponents for the project say Capitol Street's upcoming make-over will spur economic development downtown. Two-way traffic tends to cause drivers to pay more attention to oncoming traffic and shopping opportunities.

"When they stop and spend more time down here they'll spend more money, they'll do more shopping, so that's going to support retail in the downtown area," Bob Wilson, Mississippi Main Street Association Executive Director predicted. "So what you're really trying to do is really get to that critical mass where people want to be downtown here, not just to work, but to live and play."

On Monday crews will start taking down the Oak trees, sidewalks and parking meters along the southside of Capitol Street. Construction is expected to last through the end of 2014.

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