The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says work has begun on a traffic safety project near The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

The project, aimed at improving pedestrian and cyclist safety affects on Woodrow Wilson Avenue at Peachtree Street and North State Street.

The current directional median at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Woodrow Wilson will be removed and replaced with an open, signal-controlled intersection according to MDOT’s release.

During the project, the turn median will be closed in both directions.

Westbound motorists on Woodrow Wilson turning onto Peachtree Street will be detoured to State Street to Riverside Drive (see the detour map here). Motorists traveling eastbound on Woodrow Wilson will not be able to crossover at Peachtree Street to enter UMMC and will be detoured to North State Street to University Drive. Through traffic on Woodrow Wilson will not be affected.

The State Street project will add a new crosswalk and medians between UMMC and Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The new crosswalk will control pedestrian traffic across the six-lane road. Known as a hawk signal, the crosswalk will include signs and flashing red lights to stop motorists when pedestrians are in the crosswalk. During work on the State Street project, traffic will be reduced to four lanes while crews improve sidewalks and install a new median.

“This is a heavily-used area of Jackson, and 33,000 motorists use Woodrow Wilson daily along with 25,000 vehicles on State Street each day,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District and chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “Motorists should allow themselves more commute time in this area while these safety improvements are under construction.”

Funding for the $1.5 million project comes from a Mississippi Development Authority grant. Hemphill Construction of Florence is the contractor, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the project administrator. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2018.

For more information about this project or MDOT projects, visit MDOTtraffic.com, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app, call Mississippi 511 or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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