BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There is progress; only seven miles of roads left to fix in a years’ long, more than $300 million infrastructure project. While city officials agree, that doesn’t mean much to those still dealing with the mess, like Rosalie Stagner.
“Sometimes we can’t, we don’t even know if we are going to be able to get down our street,” she said.
Stagner lives on Benachi Avenue, where officials said they are about to complete the deepest part of the storm drainage, but there are residents along the street who choose to walk to work because it takes too long to drive.
“It’s according to the weather,” Stagner said. “I mean, if it’s dry, then it’s going to be dusty. If it’s wet, then it’s going to be sometimes impassable to go this way.” Then, she pointed to the south.
“You can’t go this way because of the construction for the train tracks," she said.
Just one block on either side, Querens Avenue and Graham Avenue are in much better shape. On the city’s podcast, Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said that the contractor, Oscar Renda, is beyond the deadline of Jan. 6. The company is being fined $6,000 a day for every day the project continues.
The total fine against Oscar Renda could change because of city-required change orders. Next week, Porter Avenue should be getting a road base.
Allison Gates has operated her ReadiTax business for 30 years on Porter Avenue.
“It’s a little hard on the business because sometimes people might divert and going other places due to not wanting to deal with tires and damage to their cars,” she said. “But we know what Biloxi was like in previous years, so, I’m hoping for the best. We’ll just wait it out because I love Biloxi.”
Kuhn Street resident Dan Hodges is among those lucky enough to have things nearly back to normal.
At least he now has a smooth place for his grandson to ride his bike when he visits.
“I don’t know if it’s lucky, but it’s good to see that it’s finally done up to the final layer,” he said. “But it’s ridiculous how long it’s taken.”
For more information on the progress of the construction, check out the City of Biloxi’s website.