Dangerous Intersection Repair in St. Martin

Jackson County takes action to repair one of the more dangerous intersections in the area. News 25’s Kendra Turley gives us a look at the $2.4 million project.
The intersection of Old Fort Bayou Road and Yellow Jacket Boulevard in St. Martin remains a constant concern for nearby residents and frequent commuters. St. Martin resident Michelle Wetzel said, “I’m now having to take a left hand turn on to Yellow Jacket and it’s very dangerous. I have a hard time seeing the oncoming traffic.”
The four way intersection includes narrow roads and sharp curves. Parents of St. Martin High School students say they’re concerned for their student’s safety. Heavy traffic flows through the intersection not only after large sporting events, but after a regular school day as well. “My worst fear now is my son just got his permit and he’s going to be driving. I figured the difficulty I have, he’s a new driver and it’s going to be even worse,” said Wetzel.
Jackson County officials teamed up with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to break ground on a $2.4 million project aimed to make the intersection safer for all. Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross said, “Instead of having a bad curve with a blind turn on the side of it, you’ll have an actual four-way controlled intersection with a traffic signal, turning lanes. It’s going to be all around a lot safer than what we’ve got right now.”
The overall project should be completed by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. Officials hope to have construction that affects current traffic completed before school starts. St. Martin High School Senior Kayelin Seymour said, “I drive to school and it gets really crowded. I’m excited about the new intersection that they’re going to be building because I’m pretty sure there is going to be a lot of wrecks.”
Jackson County and MDOT officials will hold a ground breaking ceremony this Thursday at 10 a.m.
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