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City wants MDOT to act on proposed road upgrades

OXFORD — City of Oxford officials want a meeting with state transportation officials to continue talks on local transit projects that appear to be in limbo.

City officials contend the Mississippi Department of Transportation is delaying again the West Jackson Avenue and Mississippi 6 interchange upgrades as well as the Old Taylor Road roundabouts and new major thoroughfare on the west side of town.

City engineer Bart Robinson tells the Oxford Eagle the memorandum of understanding process was halted after two problems were encountered — the width of a pedestrian bridge on Old Taylor Road and access to the trailer park property on West Jackson Avenue.

“I sense a reluctance on MDOT’s part on this,” Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson said.

The city and Lafayette County have been working with MDOT to obtain approval for the projects. Local officials had agreed months ago to scale back the costly Highway 6 project in an effort to use the financial savings to fund all three transit projects. While the West Jackson Avenue-Highway 6 interchange has been in the works for more than 13 years, the other transit projects have been on the planning board for well over two years.

Patterson said the city’s No. 1 transportation priority project is finding a way to improve the dangerous West Jackson Avenue-Highway 6 interchange. That project is then followed in priority by the roundabouts and West Oxford Loop extension projects.

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