Downtown Pascagoula's makeover begins

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The sound of heavy machinery echoed through downtown Pascagoula. For the third straight day, construction workers replaced concrete with bricks to spruce up Delmas Avenue.

"We will get the brick paved crosswalks and a lot of pedestrian friendly improvements," Program Manager Jaci Turner said.

The enhancement is part of the Pascagoula's four phase streetscape makeover. Turner said the city received federal dollars to also add more trees, lights, and even improve the water flow to the area.

"We don't want to lose the charm that is old Pascagoula; we just want to improve to the point where it is accessible and comfortable," Turner said about the improvements.

Because of the construction, parts of downtown Pascagoula are temporarily inaccessible, and some streets are temporarily closed.  Drivers must follow detour signs to reach their destinations while in the area.  However, the city made sure shoppers still had access to their favorite businesses.

"They will close one intersection per week. We are going to make sure that there is going to be detoured traffic available all the way around each site," Turner said.

Michael Colborn expects the streetscape to brew up new business opportunities for everybody in downtown Pascagoula.

"I will get more customers and that will be icing on the cake," Colborn said. "I think if we get all the way through with all the development that we want to do, it will really be phenomenal down here."

City leaders say the last phase of this project is to redevelop Pascagoula's riverfront.

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