OXFORD, Miss.—One intersection in Oxford draws attention for all the wrong reasons.
The exchange where Jackson Avenue and Highway 6 meets has been known for sometimes for having violent wrecks.
“Absolutely it’s a dangerous intersection,” said Oxford mayor Pat Patterson when asked about the location.
The 34 crashes over a two year span according to the Oxford Police Department isn’t necessarily more than other places, but it’s the violent nature of the accidents that brings the attention.
“We do have quite a few crashes there,” said Oxford Police Department Deputy Chief Kevin Stark. “Some of it is just impatience by people trying to beat the light.”
Patterson said change is on the way over the next year and the Mississippi Department of Transportation isn’t oblivious to the mess. Within the next year construction should start to transform it.
“The MDOT construction will involve putting roundabouts in on Old Taylor Road also,” he said. “They’re going to spend a lot of many fixing both of them up.”
The fix for the Highway 6/Jackson Avenue intersection according to city officials News Mississippi spoke with should involve a continuous flow intersection model. This idea can be seen here.
The CFI model isn’t a new revelation, but MDOT had been tossing around several ideas in the last six months on how to fix the situation.
Patterson said the reputation of the intersection isn’t lost on Oxford residents.
“We get feedback on it all the time.”