Businesses along Highway 613 in Moss Point have been up in arms about the median, but the city is adding left turn lanes to appease local businesses. Many businesses along Main Street in Moss Point are delighted with the city for constructing left turn lanes in the median.
Ryan Skinner, who works on Main Street, says, “Absolutely, it should give easier access to the parking lot, to the store, and to be honest, it was a waste of money in the first place.” The original median was built with state and federal funds, but the left turn lanes are being built with city funds at a cost of over $100,000. Many businesses down Main Street want even more turn lanes. Others think it’s all a waste of money.
Marigo Hodge, a resident, says, “I think they should just leave it alone. It’s costing the tax payers enough money as it is. We should be putting money in other areas to do other things rather than trying to fix a median.” In 2011, Moss Point constructed a median on Highway 613 to help beautify the city and control traffic, but many businesses and motorists say the median has only caused problems.
Nancy Brown, another resident, says, “I've seen a few accidents when they were first put out there. They seem more in the way.” Earlier this year, the city agreed to construct three left turn lanes to appease local businesses. Construction began last month and should be completed in August.
Stephanie Rounds, another resident who works on Main Street, says, “I think Mr. Broomfield is doing a wonderful job getting this torn down and getting access up in here.”