The medians on Main Street in Moss Point have been causing businesses to complain for years. A lack of access to businesses along the stretch has been driving motorists and retailers crazy. The city of Moss Point is ready to break ground to improve traffic flow after years of complaints from businesses along Main Street. Kristi Coletta of Sonic Drive-In says, "So hard for our customers to get in and out. There's been so many wrecks down at the end from them trying to make U-turns."
Medians that went up in 2011 under the city's previous administration make it harder to get to certain businesses, like the Sonic Drive- In and Hancock Bank. The city will begin working on three new turning lanes starting Monday. Mayor Billy Broomfield says, "The three turning lanes will provide easy access to the various businesses in the area, also the easy access should stimulate business at our local retailers." The mayor says the project will cost approximately $100,000, but will not cost taxpayers a dime. Medians are marked along the main stretch to indicate where the safer turning lanes will be placed. Broomfield also says, “The Main Street turning lane project is a solution to issues concerning traffic safety in the downtown area.”
The three locations will each have about 125 feet of median cut. Workers at the Sonic Drive-In on Main Street hope it keeps them alive after a nearby business shut down. Coletta also says, “It was a pretty steady car wash, but once they put that up, people stopped using it. It became inaccessible.” Beacon Car Wash is right next door to the drive in restaurant, and Coletta says the owner still maintains the property even though it closed its doors. Coletta closes, “It eventually shut down. I was hoping that wouldn’t happen to us.”
The mayor says Beacon Car Wash is expected to reopen once the turning lanes are in place, as well as new businesses who will take advantage of the more accessible downtown area. The median went up three years ago as part of a $12 million downtown redevelopment project funded by the Mississippi Development Authority.