• Liking the Loop: Newly opened link to Barnes Crossing busy on first day

    TUPELO – The ceremonial opening of West Barnes Crossing Road on Thursday morning became a celebration of its economic potential, convenience and cooperation in building it by five speakers who wrapped up the $30 million, multiyear project in less than 25 minutes.

    And the traffic began flowing immediately after that.

    The five-lane road – built as part of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Program, with essential financial participation by the Mississippi Department of Transportation and federal sources – runs about five miles from the McCullough Boulevard/Coley Road intersection to U.S. Highway 45 east of the Barnes Crossing commercial district.

    Major Thoroughfare Committee chairman Greg Pirkle presided at the ribbon-cutting, and he praised the new road, known as the Northern Loop, as one of the best opportunities for “economic growth” and an “improved quality of life.”

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