Weather delays road switch

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NATCHEZ — The plan to switch the traffic flow through the intersections of John R. Junkin and Seargent S. Prentiss drives has been delayed one day due to wet weather.

The switch is now planned for Thursday, Resident Engineer Jim Eggleston said.

Mississippi Department of Transportation officials need to have dry streets Thursday morning in order to paint new stripes before making the switch.

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Natchez Police officers and Mississippi Department of Transportation officials will be on scene directing traffic on the first day of the switch.

The only major change will be for vehicles coming from the bridge and turning left. Those drivers will cross the lane of traffic headed to the bridge before reaching the intersection.

Other lanes of traffic will operate as they currently do.

One turning lane to eventually be a part of the intersection won’t open next week.

Though the traffic pattern will switch this week, the roads in the area still need two layers of asphalt, Eggleston said. That work will be done once traffic starts using the intersection and may last a while.