(Hernando, MS) The owner of the Hernando Flower shop says she can hardly make deliveries these days.
“It’s hard to get in and out,” explained Angie Howorth.
She says traffic is so heavy and so fast on Commerce Street, it’s a real trick to make it onto the street.
And she doesn’t blame the local folks for the problem.
”I don’t know that it’s the residents here that have lead foots, because that’s the straight shot to the casinos if you don’t take the bypass.”
Call it part of Hernando’s growing pains. Complaints to the city and even the mayor’s Facebook page complained traffic is worse, and so are the speeders.
Hernando’s main street isn’t the only place with a problem.
Green T Lake West has a twist in it that often leaves motorists driving through one homeowner’s yard.
That’s why the city just lowered speed limits on commerce from 45 to 35 miles an hour, and put up a new sign on Green T Lake West.
”It’s a dangerous double curve and so we put up signage and lowered that speed limit really just to alert people there’s a dangerous curve there so hopefully we’ll end up saving somebody’s life with that.” explained Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson.
Residents say they believe it will help, eventually.
”I think they’re gonna have to start writing some tickets in order for it to really take effect,” said Howorth.
Hernando’s police chief says she won’t have to wait long.
”We’re gonna start enforcing it immediately. We’ll give a chance to slow down a little but we just want to make it safer,” said Chief Mike Riley.
Safer, if not just a little slower.