Potential repaving project in Gulfport community means more than a smooth ride

Potential repaving project in Gulfport community means more than a smooth ride

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Forest Heights community in Gulfport has existed for decades, and Mary Spinks-Thigpen has lived there nearly the whole time.

“We’ve been here 50 years, this community has,” she said. “And, this community represents well the things that have been done in the community of Gulfport as well as our state of Mississippi.”

Time has taken a toll on Holly Circle. It and surrounding streets are not in the best shape. They are full of potholes, uneven surfaces and old patchwork repairs.

“If this is not done soon, I sure thank God for our supervisor, Kent Jones, and our councilwoman, Ella Holmes-Hines, then, it would deteriorate,” Thigpen said. “And it will cost twice as much money then than it does now to get it done.”

On Tuesday, the Gulfport City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution requesting assistance from the Harrison County Supervisors to repave the community.

The estimated cost is about $176,000.

“Our streets are narrow; they need to really be done well so that when they move over, we have equal footage, you won’t end up on the sidewalk," Thigpen said.

Holmes-Hines said that the county regularly pitches in to help pave roads in cities throughout the county.

“It would be a blessing for us and our school children to have a good street,” Thigpen said.

She added that the project more than just smoother roads.

It’s something larger.

“Keeping a community and keeping it going well," she said.

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