DeSoto County warns residents about traffic build up with high school graduations this weekend

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You may use a little extra gas if you are near the Landers Center in Southaven this weekend.

Hundreds of students and their loved ones converging on the Landers Center starting tonight for high school graduations.

FOX13′s reporter Tom Dees took a look at what times to avoid the area and why projects that would have made traffic run smoother there have been delayed.

Church and I-55 in Southaven, if you are not involved in one of DeSoto County’s high school graduations, avoid it.

”It’s going to be bumper to bumper,” said DeSoto County’s Keiona Benson.

When the Tanger Outlets opened in 2015, MDOT said the plan was to widen the interstate from Hernando northbound.

The project would also add a single loop cloverleaf to the southeast end of the Church Road exit to help traffic in the area.

FOX13 was told then the work would start in 2018.

Four years later, the project is in the final design phase, and plans to move utilities are being made.

The delays are due to funding.

”Anything is better than what we have right now,” Benson said.

In the meantime, the best you can do is avoid the heavy-traffic times, like for this weekend’s graduation.

Hernando High School’s graduation is tonight at 7:00 PM.

Saturday is full of graduations.

  • Olive Branch graduates at 10 AM

  • Lake Cormorant at 3 PM

  • Center Hill at 7 PM

  • Horn Lake High caps the events Sunday at 3 PM

”Traffic is going to be bad, man, because the traffic is going to be packed like sardines with the Landers center it’s going to be really bad,” Southaven’s Terrell Johnson said.

Lake Cormorant graduating senior, Hannah Burks, had the best advice for anyone heading to the Landers Center for graduation ceremonies this weekend.

“It’s going to be super busy, I am going to get here super early,” Burks said.

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