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Sisk Avenue to re-open for Election Day

After nearly two months of closures and construction, Sisk Avenue is primed to re-open to motorists.

The City of Oxford announced on Monday that the Sisk Avenue interchanges at Highway 7 and Ed Perry Boulevard will re-open to traffic on Tuesday.

The opening comes just in time for Tuesday’s primary election and for the beginning of the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday. The Oxford Conference Center serves as a voting precinct and teachers are beginning to report to Oxford High School and Della Davidson Elementary, all three of which are located off Sisk Avenue.

The three roundabouts will not be fully operational at the time of the re-opening. All three will be single-lane, similar to the roundabouts at the South Lamar and Highway 6 interchange. They will remain single-lane until all striping of the lanes has been completed, which should be sometime in the coming weeks, per an announcement made by the city on its social media accounts.

To help with traffic flow, officers with the Oxford Police Department will be on site to assist motorists.

“We’re going to bring in extra staff (on Tuesday) to work those roundabouts,” OPD interim chief Jeff McCutchen said. “(We’re going to be there) just to help people to navigate it, manage it. That area on Election Day is busy anyway, and then you’ll have construction crews and then you’ll have teachers have to report or staff. So, you’re going to have a high-volume amount of cars.”

The roundabouts will have barrels placed to help mark the lanes for traffic flow. There will also be OPD officers working a 12-hour shift on Tuesday, starting just before polls open to shortly before they close, per McCutchen.