Local development officials broke ground today on an enhancement and revitalization project connecting Downtown Tupelo to East Tupelo and the Elvis Presley Birthplace. Additionally, the project will improve traffic flow and efficiency as well as pedestrian comfort and safety.
“It has taken years of planning through the partnerships of the Downtown Main Street Association, City of Tupelo, Community Development Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to make this project possible,” said Downtown Main Street Association Director Debbie Brangenberg. “A revitalized setting will enhance the commerce, community and tourism experience of Main Street as well as promote economic development projects along the route.”
Modifications and enhancements of the project include repaving and widening East Main Street to five lanes, synchronized traffic signal controls, street trees and green space, sidewalks with bricked pedestrian crosswalks, crossing signals and decorative street lighting, among others.
“Tupelo is well known as an All-America City, but we’re also a first class city with first class citizens. From the Medical Center, to our schools, to Fairpark, Veterans Park and beyond, everything Tupelo does is first class and this project is nothing less,” said Ward Five Councilman Buddy Palmer.
“The new sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks, street lighting and other enhancements will not only provide a unified corridor connection between two of Tupelo’s greatest historic landmarks, but will also create a safer environment for people who work, live and shop in this area,” said Ward Four Councilwoman Nettie Davis.
The $11.5 million project is funded by the City of Tupelo Major Thoroughfare Program and a $2.3 million transportation enhancement grant awarded by the Mississippi Department of Transportation made available by the Federal Highway Administration.