CATEGORY: ALD Tupelo City Council

AUTHOR: MOULDE

HED: Tupelo council eyes street projects

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

Tupelo City Council will consider $415,000 in budget amendments tonight to fund improvements at McCullough Boulevard's intersections with Adams Farm Road and the west end of Old Belden Circle.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Annex on Court Street.

The projects would establish a left turn lane on eastbound McCullough and traffic signals at the Adams Farm-McCullough junction. Old Belden's link with McCullough would be widened and realigned and caution lights would be installed.

The budget changes would also fund engineering work for building a frontage road from Adams Farm Road to Brooks Road along U.S. Highway 78 and a survey for a proposed Coley Road extension to U.S. Highway 78.

The Old Belden Circle project came in answer to a controversial decision to allow Waste Management garbage trucks to use the narrow, thinly paved street to access its newly leased regional administrative offices and shop.

The council twice voted to block truck traffic on the street, but reversed the decision after being advised the city faced legal action because the new facility was constructed after owners obtained a valid city building permit.

The facility was owned by developer Tommy Morgan and Ward 1 Councilman James Williams, but Williams sold his interest in the site last week.

City Chief Operations Officer Phil Sullivan said the city's attorney advised that the city also could face liability for traffic hazards at the intersection. Currently, there is not room for two trucks to pass at Old Belden's entrance to McCullough.

"It (the project) will involve only the intersection," Sullivan said. The city's cost is estimated at $37,000.

The Adams Farm Road-McCullough Boulevard (state Highway 178) intersection work has been in planning stages with the state Department of Transportation for a long time, but the state just recently completed engineering work, Sullivan said.

The city will put $140,000 into the project and the DOT will put down the final layer of asphalt and provide striping.

The Adams Farm-Brooks Road engineering work and the Coley Road extension survey will cost an estimated $138,000.

If the proposals are approved, the money would be taken from the city's cash reserves.

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