Construction to replace a 90-year-old water line and three feet of Yazoo clay began today on West Street between Woodrow Wilson Avenue and Marshall Street.
The construction has forced the close of both southbound lanes from Woodrow Wilson Avenue to Millsaps Avenue, and one northbound lane in the same area. The city is suggesting vehicles over 12 feet wide take another route. Traffic is being detoured to State Street.
West Street sidewalks are also closed from Woodrow Wilson to Millsaps Avenue. Those sidewalks will be replaced during the process, but are not safe while construction is going on.
Neighborhood streets near the construction zone could be subject to closure as well, as crews will need to replace the water lines at each street as they get to them.
A press release from the city says the closures are expected to last two or three months. Once the work on the southbound side of the street is completed, similar restrictions will be put in place for the northbound side of the street.