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Are there plans to connect Thomas Garst Lane in Leland to the Piggly Wiggly shopping center? Or to put up a stop light at Thomas Garst and Village Road?

Ana Ribeiro

There won’t be a traffic signal at Thomas Garst Lane and Village Road, but that intersection is going through big changes as Village Road is widened, Leland Town Manager Bill Farris says.

When construction is completed, the turns at that intersection will be limited to “left turns in from Village Road and right turns out from Thomas Garst onto Village Road,” Farris said, adding that “the hazards at this intersection will be significantly reduced.”

The Village Road widening, taking place between the U.S. 74/76 exit and South Navassa Road, should be completed within a year, Farris said. The town does have plans to connect Thomas Garst Lane to the Piggly Wiggly shopping center, preferably at the same time the widening is going on, he said.

The town’s plan “includes a ‘cross-access’ that intersects Thomas Garst at Taco Bell, runs adjacent to the side and rear of Taco Bell, and along the rear of KFC and McDonald’s to the access street in the parking lot in front of Piggly Wiggly. The street ultimately intersects Fairview Road behind the GoGas,” Farris said.

The plan is meant “to reduce traffic in this area of Village Road and to improve access to businesses in the area,” he said, pointing out that medians being put in as part of the Village Road widening will restrict access to businesses. Farris said the town is currently working with property owners to get permission to build the connecting road through some parcels.

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