CATEGORY: Lee County

AUTHOR: MOULDE

HED: Work to cut traffic on Belden-Endville Road

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

The Belden-Endville Road in west Lee County will be closed beginning next week for replacement of two bridges, county officials said.

The road could be closed to through-traffic for up to six months, but officials expect the work to be completed sooner than that, Lee County Administrator Ronnie Bell said.

The road, designated Road 1600 in Lee County, links McCullough Boulevard in Tupelo with state Highway 9 at Endville in Pontotoc County.

The bridges lie in Lee County between Road 105 on the east and Windsong Circle on the west.

The bridges will be replaced one at a time and the contractor, Jack McKinney Construction Co. of Verona, has 150 working days to complete the job. The bid on the work was about $220,000, Bell said.

Busy road

Traffic counts put use of the road at almost 3,000 vehicles a day.

"I know it's going to be very inconvenient for a lot of people but those bridges are in very bad shape," Bell said.

"We're going to have plenty of detour signs," he said, adding the signs will go up before the road is cut.

Motorists will have several options, although all may require a fair amount of additional travel.

To skirt the construction area, eastbound travelers may take Road 41 south (County Line Road) to Road 1500, then drive east to Countrywood Road, which would carry them north back to Belden-Endville Road. The reverse route would take motorists west.

Depending on destinations, motorists may also choose to use Chesterville Road or Butler Road-Old Chesterville Road off Coley Road in Tupelo to reach Pontotoc County locations.

Travelers who often use Belden-Endville Road to reach Highway 9 en route to Pontotoc or Oxford or other points west might want to travel U.S. Highway 78 west to its intersection with Highway 9.

Signs will also notify travelers at Endville that a detour would be required ahead.

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