Picayune signal improvement project begins Thursday

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is installing wireless vehicle detection devices in Picayune, MS on U.S. Highway 11 at the Highway 43 North intersection starting Thursday.

The $14,600 project will be conducted by MDOT personnel with the assistance of a crew with Temple, Inc. of Decatur, Ala. MDOT State Traffic Engineer Wes Dean said this work help with the efficiency of the signal.

"These state of the art devices will greatly improve traffic signal operation at this high volume intersection," said Dean. "Adding these vehicle detection devices, where we have previously not had any type of vehicle detection, will allow the signal to automatically adjust to changing traffic patterns and volumes and not just run a fixed-time cycle 24/7."

District Six Engineer Steve Twedt said the devices will not be visible to motorists, but the driving public should experience immediate improvements in traffic flow at the intersection.

Work is expected to take a couple of days to complete. Motorists can expect temporary lane closures while the devices are installed.