Starkville aldermen heard Tuesday from residents of East Gillespie Street, who were concerned about the increased traffic on their quiet street.

Ed Kennard, who spoke for the group of residents, said the addition of medians and other traffic control devices on Highway 12 had caused some motorists to turn to Gillespie Street as an alternative to the main thoroughfare through town. The influx of cars, he said, has also brought noise and speeders and taken away the quiet, historic neighborhood appeal that drew residents to Gillespie in the first place.

City Engineer Edward Kemp told the board the city’s traffic flow is changing, and finding a solution that works for the individual neighborhoods will not be an easy thing to do.

“There are a lot of places around town that are, the roadway context is changing,” he said. “Figuring out a balance to still maintain the efficiency of your road system but also protecting the neighborhood is a challenge.”

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