The Mississippi Department of Transportation plans to make some interchange improvements to the intersection of State Route 28 and State Route 37 in the Town of Taylorsville. This project will have significant impact on the movement of travelers in southern Smith County and it is the goal of both the Town of Taylorsville and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to ensure that inconveniences are kept to a minimal and that all residents and visitors are informed about what to expect during this project.
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the SR 37/28 realignment project.
What is being done to the 28/37 intersection?
This project will involve realigning SR 28 west into the intersection with SR 37 and SR 28 east to bring the intersection to a proper "cross" design. Drivers will no longer be required to make two turns to continue east or west on SR 28. Dedicated turn lanes will be added in all directions to improve traffic flow and beautification work will take place to add sidewalks and maintain access to all existing businesses. Other supporting work will be improving drainage and overlaying work on both SR 28 and SR 37. The highlight of the project will be the replacement of the stop-signs with a fully controlled traffic signal, the first in Smith County.
What kind of traffic delays can motorists expect?
Normal traffic impacts of 15-20 minutes should be expected. Lane closures will occur at times as needed, and during those times MDOT will have flagmen directing traffic on those occasions. As usual, if someone is planning on driving through this area, we would ask that they provide plenty of time to make it to their destinations.
Will there be lane closures required near the project?
Periodic lane closures will be required on both SR 37 and SR 28 during the project. It is the goal of MDOT and the Town of Taylorsville to warn the public in advance of any lane closures.
Will this project impact businesses on main street?
It is the goal of MDOT to maintain access to businesses throughout the project.
Will MDOT be limiting work activities during peak travel hours or business hours?
MDOT will NOT be imposing any limits on work activities during the project. Work may take place during any time of day. MDOT understands that this may impact traffic, but it will ensure that the project is completed in the shortest amount of time.
When will the project begin and end?
The project is scheduled to be let to contract in November of 2019. Construction will begin sometime in January or February of 2020 and the completion date is up to the contractor. Utility work has already begun.
wHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF THIS PROJECT?
This project will provide motorists in southern Smith County a more efficient and less confusing travel experience. By eliminating the double turns required to continue on State Route 28, motorists will be exposed to less points of conflict in the intersection and as such should result in less crashes. The controlled traffic signal will also improve traffic flow.