MDOT to host public meeting for Hwy. 12 improvements

Staff Writer

The Mississippi Department of Transportation will host a public meeting and forum on Jan. 20 to discuss proposed improvements to Starkville’s Highway 12 corridor.
Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said he encourages the public to attend and provide feedback on the proposed plans. The public meeting will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Mill at MSU on Russell Street.
The proposed improvements come on the heels of a MDOT-commissioned safety audit of Starkville’s Highway 12 corridor, the most heavily-traveled stretch of road in Starkville.
“There’s a wide range of options for improvements, ranging from reconstruction of traffic signals to a raised median project that has also been discussed,” Tagert said.
Tagert added that plans are not final and MDOT may not do everything it proposes, but officials would like public input as the process moves forward.
The area for proposed improvements stretches from Spring Street on the east side of town to the Highway 25 bypass on the west side of Starkville.
“Citizens are invited to come and go at any time during the hours of the meeting to view the department’s concepts and speak to MDOT representatives concerning traffic, design, right-of-way and environmental issues,” reads an ad MDOT placed in the Starkville Daily News.