MDOT: Construction on Lakeland Drive is a must

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – If you’ve had to go down Lakeland Drive lately, you’ve probably noticed traffic is moving along a little slower just past airport road.

It’s because of construction in that area.

The traffic backups along Lakeland Drive may mean a longer drive for some, but Mississippi Department of Transportation officials say the work has to be done.

“We’re making it better. We’re improving it and making it safer. It’s going to be more efficient, especially at a lot of the intersections. It’s just going to be a lot smoother of a ride,” Morgan Miller, an official with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, said

The roadway is going from four lanes to six.

The project is currently in the expansion phase from Airport Road to Old Fannin Road.

MDOT officials are doing everything they can to keep the traffic flowing smoothly as they work.

“They’re working day and night and they’re making sure to avoid any lane closures during peak times and rush hour. So they’re trying to do a lot of that work during some quieter times,” Miller said.

There have also been questions about what appears to be cameras on some of the poles on Lakeland.

They aren’t cameras at all.

They are radars that detect cars at the end of the intersection

They are there to keep the traffic moving.

If you want to stay up to date with the project, there’s an app for that.

“If anyone wants updates on the project, you can sign up directly for our traffic alerts specific to that project. You can do that at mdottraffic.com,” Miller said.

The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

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