Capitol Street two way conversion raises business concerns - - Jackson, MS

Capitol Street two way conversion raises business concerns

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson city leaders hope plans to convert Capitol Street to two way traffic won't negatively impact downtown businesses.

Council members discussed plans Monday to accept bids for underground pipe work from Gallatin to Lamar Streets.

That work must begin before the next phase of overlaying and striping.

Plans also include moving the ramps on Capitol to Farish Street.

Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. said the city does not have enough funding to do the entire project.

Some business owners fear the loss of customers and the effects of delays during construction.

"They're concerned about their sustainability during this transition, because they're relatively young businesses. They're not like some of the more established businesses," said council president Tony Yarber.

"We'll have parking on the side of the road that we're not working on, and we'll have the part east of Lamar where we're not tearing up the strip. We'll keep some of the parking in front of the old courthouse open for paid parking," said Robert Lee with the Jackson Public Works Department.

Infrastructure work is expected to begin by early spring.

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