We’ll be happy to fly in Natchez

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Work has just begun on what we expect to be the last of three large projects to rework key intersections in Natchez.

The latest project will fix both a less-than-ideal traffic flow pattern and an eyesore created several years ago.

Plans call for the reworking of the intersection of U.S. 61 (Seargent S. Prentiss Drive) and D’Evereux Drive, near the former highway truck scales and Natchez High School.

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When the truck scales were removed several years ago, what was left was a pretty sad looking intersection.

Although it has taken years of planning and working to get funds secured, we’re happy the reworking of the intersection is now under way.

The project comes with a hefty price tag — $19.5 million — but that money should “fix” the intersection for decades to come.

Although it took a little getting used to, the now familiar “continuous flow” intersection near Natchez Regional Medical Center seems to be working well and has cleaned up the look and functionality of another key intersection in the city.

We’re thankful for the time, energy and funds that the Mississippi Department of Transportation has invested in our community. Such investments in infrastructure are wise as their “life” is measured in years and decades.