MDOT fixes traffic problem

Published 7:05 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Since the introduction of the new McDonald’s location on U.S. 11, there have been some major traffic issues with some drivers making illegal left turns into the fast food establishment.

Now the Mississippi Department of Transportation has placed some barriers to cut them short.

The traffic in the area of the intersection of U.S. 11 and Miss. 43 N. in front of the fast food restaurant has been a complaint by city officials and residents alike, prompting the Mississippi Department of Transportation to take action, said MDOT Area Maintenance Supervisor Henderson Retting.

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When the new location was built, the main entrance directly in front of the restaurant was intended for right turns only, both in and out. As a short cut, some drivers would make illegal left turns in and out of the entrance, causing traffic problems, Retting said.

Because of the numerous complaints received about the problem, MDOT installed physical dividers in front of the restaurant to keep traffic moving the way it should, Retting said. Now that those dividers are installed it will make the area safer and keep traffic flowing better, he said.

Finishing touches to the U.S. 11 widening project MDOT began nearly a year ago included conducting minor shoulder work. Retting said that work should finish the job.

The patience motorists have shown while the various work has been conducted to that area is appreciated, Retting said.