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New Roundabout Open at West Oxford Loop/Anderson Road

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

A new roundabout is now operational at the West Oxford Loop/Anderson Road intersection.
Provided by the city of Oxford

A new roundabout at the intersection of West Oxford Loop and Anderson Road went “live” Thursday.

Construction barrels are in place until the center circle and other islands are constructed.

Crews will be completing the remaining curb work next week, according to City Engineer Reanna Mayoral.

The roundabout is part of the bigger project to extend West Oxford Loop to College Hill Road.

West Oxford Loop Extension ariel photo
Provided by the city of Oxford

This project is a joint endeavor between the city of Oxford, Lafayette County and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to help improve connectivity in the LOU community.

The city raised the ad valorem tax by 3 mills in 2014-2017— 1 mill per year — to help cover the cost of the bond payment for the roads. The supervisors are using interest earned from its $20 million investment from the sale of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in 2012.

While the University of Mississippi did not give actual dollars toward the construction of the roads, the university worked with the Mississippi Legislature that voted to give $3 million toward the construction of West Oxford Loop.

West Oxford Loop will be extended to connect with College Hill Road. When FNC Park was built, traffic heading to the park doubled as Oxford’s population also increased by 26 percent since 2005.

Across town, construction to extend Sisk Avenue east to connect with Highway 6 continues.

The cost of both roads is about $14 million and they are expected to be complete in the fall of this year.

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