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Study calls for striping on Haining

A traffic study on Haining Road commissioned by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen recommends the city paint double yellow lines on the road and install “no passing” signs to increase safety on the road.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he plans to recommend those steps.

The board April 4 commissioned Stantec to perform a traffic study on Haining Road to determine if the speed limit should be reduced on the road that runs from North Washington Street to the Port of Vicksburg. The speed limit is 45 mph.

Flaggs said the owners and managers of the plants and businesses along the road approached him about reducing the speed limit and adding more traffic signs on the road.

He said there have been three traffic fatalities on the road.

“In order for us to reduce the speed on that road, you have to provide a study,” he said at the time, adding the plan was to reduce the speed limit on the road to 30 mph and stripe the road with double yellow stripes to prevent people from passing on the road.

The study however, indicated the 45 mph speed limit is appropriate for the road.

Citing the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which is the standard for traffic safety, the engineers’ report said the manual allows for no passing zones to be established where passing “must be prohibited because of inadequate site distance or other special conditions.

“Stantec’s people observed while conducting the speed study that there are many commercial driveways along the entire roadway providing ingress and egress to the Port of Vicksburg Industrial Center.

“Because of the volume of passing trucks, restricting passing along the entire roadway may be considered.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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