Popp’s Ferry Road to see lane shifts

Motorists traveling the Popp’s Ferry Road area where widening is underway will see lane shifts beginning Monday morning, signaling a major milestone in progress.

No detours are planned, but traffic cones and barrels will mark shifts of travel lanes, which will take place from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street. The Popp’s Ferry work has a September deadline, but contractor Jimmy Lane expects to have work completed by then, weather permitting.

Motorists should use caution when traveling this area during the lane shifts and be aware that some driveways and streets may temporarily be accessed by right turns only.

When completed, the year-long Popp’s Ferry Road widening project will see a four-lane boulevard created in the mile-long stretch of Popp’s Ferry between Cedar Lake Road and Lamey Street.

The travel lanes will go from two-way traffic covering 24 feet to four lanes of traffic covering 60 feet. A 16-foot center median will divide the east and westbound traffic, and sidewalks will be on both sides of the new roadway, a five-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 10-foot sidewalk on the south side.

The $6.5 million project, funded mainly with Mississippi Department of Transportation funds administered through Gulf Regional Planning Commission, was designed by the engineering firm Neel-Schaffer and is being constructed by Lane Construction.
See status of road work throughout the city


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