Drivers attempting to get through Hernando’s Commerce Street/I-55 interchange will need to “grin and bear it” a little longer, but Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert said Friday the exit ramp project there is moving along as scheduled. 

When asked what the status of the project was to expand the southbound exit ramp off I-55 to Commerce Street, Tagert said the work, which has resulted in clogged traffic lanes, especially later in the afternoon, was moving on schedule.

“We have a completion date of May 8 for that project, but it could be finished sooner,” Commissioner Tagert said. “We’ve been in a bit of holding pattern waiting for warmer weather to lay down concrete and asphalt. But, we’re actually on track to remove the barrier wall, then put up a guard rail and then do overlay.”

The commissioner was confident that, when finished, the expansion work can alleviate what has been an issue with traffic being backed up on the exit ramp on to the southbound lanes of the interstate.

“Absolutely,” Tagert said. “We will have two designated left turn lanes and a dedicated right turn lane.”

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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