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|BIRTHPLACE TRAIL CLOSE TO COMPLETION
February 15, 2016 - Mississippi Daily Journal / Elvis Express Radio
TUPELO – Crews have installed pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection of Main and Green streets, the latest piece of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail to be put into place.
Completion of the project is expected by mid-June, said Debbie Brangenberg, director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association.
When it’s finished, the trail will allow anyone to walk from downtown Tupelo to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum via a network of sidewalks and bricked pedestrian crossings
with crossing signals.
Improvements to the downtown corridor will also include landscaping and new lighting.
The installation of the Green Street crossings closed the intersection to through-traffic for almost a week, but vehicles were flowing again Friday. Brangenberg said some finishing
work remains to be done on those crossings.
Elsewhere in downtown, several crosswalks remain to be installed. Theseinclude a number of crosswalks across Main Street at the intersections of Green, Spring and Front streets.
Crosswalks also need to be installed on Front Street at its intersection with Main Street.
Completion of the project will involve milling and repaving Main Street from the Green Street intersection down toward North Veterans Boulevard, as well as parts of North Veterans
Boulevard and Reese Street down to the Elvis Birthplace entrance, said Brangenberg.
She noted that work is going well but warned that unfavorable weather conditions can impede progress.
Much of the Birthplace Trail corridor project is being funded with an MDOT Transportation Enhancement grant. Major Thoroughfare funding is also covering a portion of the total
That total project will come at a price tag of approximately $11.5 million, said Brangenberg.