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Plan in place to make dangerous Jackson Co. intersection safer

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is planning an upgrade to the intersection. (Photo source: WLOX) The Mississippi Department of Transportation is planning an upgrade to the intersection. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It's become known as one of the most dangerous intersections in Jackson County. It's the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 614 in the northern part of the county.

Dozens of accidents have occurred there over the past several years, including some very serious ones. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, one of the reasons is speed.

The posted speed limit on Highway 63 is 65 mph. Ezell says cars go much faster than that on a regular basis.

The sheriff said another reason for the increased danger is that more people are moving to the northern part of the county. That's been a trend since Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005. 

People who use the intersection agree. Two of the drivers we spoke with today have themselves been in serious accidents.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is planning an upgrade to the intersection. The turning lanes will be realigned, and a new state of the art radar controlled traffic signalization system will be put in place.

Work will begin in the next few weeks and should be completed by June of next year.

Doug Walker visited the intersection today, and will have more on the story later tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.

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