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Busy portion of Getwell Road could be widened to 5 lanes

(WMC-TV) - Drivers who take Getwell Road in Southaven better brace themselves for major traffic delays as city leaders hope to expand the road from two lanes to five lanes.

The road transformation will happen on Getwell Road between Stateline and Goodman Roads.

Getwell Road is one of the busiest north-south roadways for people in Southaven, Miss., but traffic can be a headache.

City aldermen will vote to pay engineers for additional reports on widening the road. Construction could start as soon as this summer.

There are large schools on both the north and south sides of Getwell Road. And businesses are everywhere along the booming corridor.

For nearly 10 years, city leaders have been working with the state to ease congestion on the busy road.

"It's going to make a big impact on traffic," said Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite. "A lot of people who go to work into Memphis take that route."

Right now, if you are traveling down Getwell Road south of the Goodman Road intersection, there are five lanes of traffic. But as soon as you cross the intersection heading north, it turns into a two-lane road.

The project will extend five lanes all the way to Stateline Road.

"I think anybody that's in Southaven understands the traffic issues that are there at Getwell near Goodman," said Musselwhite, who explained that the Board of Aldermen will need to vote to approve money for the latest engineer's reports on Tuesday.

If all goes to plan, the estimated 3-year-long project could start this year.

"We hope that construction will begin this summer, maybe actually earlier than that in May," said the mayor.

In addition to fixing traffic congestion on Getwell Road, state transportation leaders are also working with the county on a plan to synchronize traffic lights on Goodman Road that could decrease some of the wait time at red lights.

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