• Double roundabout project to get underway next week

    OXFORD — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is set to begin a double roundabout project at Old Taylor Road in Oxford.

    RoundaboutThe project will construct a double roundabout at the Old Taylor Road and Highway 6 intersection. There will be one roundabout on either side of the Old Taylor Road Bridge over Highway 6.

    The purpose of the project is to relieve congestion on the Old Taylor Road Bridge during peak hours and to provide better access for motorists entering or exiting Highway 6. The dual roundabout layout provides a continuous flow of traffic at each end of the bridge and decreases the delay in time between stops. Another major component to the project will be widening the Old Taylor Road Bridge to accommodate four-lanes of traffic and a protected eight-foot sidewalk for pedestrians.

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  • MDOT service gives up-to-date traffic information

    JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says its launched its new voice recognition travel information service for residents and travelers across the state.

    MDOT says, by dialing 511, drivers now have access to free, 24-hour information on weather-related road conditions, construction sites, travel times and other traffic information for all Interstates, and select US highways and State Routes.

    “Mississippi 511 offers travelers easy access to information valuable for both pre-trip planning and en route decision making,” said Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert.

    The system uses an interactive voice response system with speech recognition as its primary interface with callers, allowing for hands free operation.

    Through Mississippi 511’s “My Commute,” feature, travelers can also receive personalized travel information for predefined routes. Callers can set up their “My Commute” route by creating a user account at MDOTtraffic.com and defining their route.

    Officials says the system will also be used by as a resource to travelers during evacuations and other emergencies.

    Currently, Mississippi 511 is not available to Verizon customers.

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