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MDOT official Amanda Clark and Grenada Railway representative Ernie Marshall discuss plans to re-sequence the traffic and railroad signals to prevent vehicles from getting backed up or trapped on the tracks along Commerce Street during peak traffic times.

Hernando Mayor Tom Ferguson said Monday he planned to update all of the projects undertaken since passage of the city's last major bond issue, a total of $4.5 million in bond monies appropriated primarily for road, transportation and other infrastructure projects.

Ferguson's update is expected at Tuesday's meeting of the Hernando Board of Aldermen.  

Ferguson said he planned to give updates on projects, including an overlay project along Commerce Street that will include the re-sequencing of the traffic light at the Illinois Central-Canadian National Railroad Crossing.

Motorists have complained for years about the backing up of traffic along Commerce due to frequent train crossings around lunchtime and at other peak times.

"It will be sequenced to the traffic light where a car supposedly won't get trapped on the train track," Ferguson said. "We will talk about all of the projects at Tuesday's meeting."

The McIngvale Realignment will also be discussed, according to Ferguson.

The $10 million new McIngvale Road off I-269, seen as the city's new eastern corridor, is in the right-of-way stage at the present time.

DeSoto County government has pledged $1 million toward the project and the City of Hernando has pledged $1 million.

Funding for the remaining $8 million is still being sought to complete the project.

In other matters, Ferguson said the city's walking trail at Renasant Park will be complete by this fall.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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