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MDOT nixes requests for signals

The Associated Press


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has declined a request from Hancock County to install new traffic lights at the intersections of U.S. Highway 90 and Lakeshore and Lower Bay Roads.

Officials say the two intersections are major thoroughfares for residents and tourists who are traveling to residential areas, the beach or the Silver Slipper Casino.

MDOT told local officials that a majority of the accidents at those intersections were rear-end crashes and traffic signals usually increase the number of rear-end crashes.

MDOT suggested the county increase the length of the turning lanes on both intersections on the highway, as well as install new traffic signs warning drivers that a stop is ahead.

Local officials say improvements to the intersections may cost about $30,000.


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