North Mississippi’s First Highway Message Signs

(Byhalia, MS) North Mississippi’s very first highway information signs went up and got turned on this week.

Transportation engineers say the signs will provide important information to drivers.

”It will communicate with our central office in Jackson that keeps up with that and they can put any kind of message they want up there to advise the traffic, the public, what’s going on,” said Tony Sheffield with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The signs will warn of traffic accidents and weather conditions.

They come with traffic cameras that will eventually tie into the statewide network already available on the internet.

Not only do the signs help pave the way for I-269, they also come on line ahead of Highway 78’s re-designation as Interstate 22.

Engineers say that will happen once they finish interstate upgrades to 78 within a year or so.

They say work on 269 from Collierville to Hernando should be well underway in that same time frame, bringing with it more signs along that route.

”That’ll be it for Highway 78. Now, we do have some future construction on 269 that crosses there, at the County line and we’ll have some future signs on 269 in that same area”.

He says no other signs are planned, for now, on other North Mississippi highways and/or interstates.

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