Looking north toward the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the new signal and pedestrian crosswalk provide for a safer passage for cars and people.

A new traffic signal is operational at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Woodrow Wilson Avenue near the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

Motorists will now be able to use the new intersection after workers completed a portion of a $1.5 million safety project.

“This is a heavily-used area of Jackson, and 33,000 motorists use Woodrow Wilson daily,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District and chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “The new signal-controlled intersection will be safer for motorists and pedestrians accessing the hospital, local schools and neighborhoods.”

Before the project began, the intersection was controlled by a directional median which prevented Peachtree traffic from crossing Woodrow Wilson. The new intersection will give motorists more mobility.

A second portion of the project is still under construction on North State Street. Workers have completed construction on new sidewalks between UMMC and Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Current lane closures on the outside lanes will shift to the inside lanes as workers begin the final phase to install a new median and crosswalk. The work is expected to last six weeks.

“Thousands of pedestrians and about 25,000 motorists use this section of State Street each day,” Hall said. “Currently, pedestrians have one crosswalk at Upper East Stadium. The new crosswalk at Lower East Stadium will provide a signal-controlled crossing at a site already used by many pedestrians as an unofficial crossing.”

The new crosswalk will help control pedestrian traffic at Lower East Stadium Drive. Known as a “hawk signal,” the crosswalk will include signs and flashing red lights to stop motorists when pedestrians are in the crosswalk.

During the final phase of the project, orange fencing, barrels and signs will direct pedestrian traffic to Upper Stadium Drive.

“Motorists should allow themselves more commute time in this area while these safety improvements are under construction,” Hall said. “Pedestrians should also be mindful of signs and stay out of work zones.”

Funding for the project comes from a Mississippi Development Authority grant. Hemphill Construction, of Florence, is the contractor, and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is the project administrator.

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