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One congregation sings praises of construction workers

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Elizabeth Vowell – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - With uneven roads, detours and closed sections of road, you might expect to hear complaints about the construction on Three Rivers Road that's still weeks away from being complete. But members of Gulfport First Church of the Nazarene are singing a different tune.

Reverend Lisa McCleese, with the First Church of the Nazarene said, "We just want our workers to know that we appreciate them."

About a dozen church members came together to provide lunch for the workers they say deserve some appreciation.

"This was just a real small way to show them that not everybody's frustrated about the detour signs. We thank them for all of their hard work," McCleese said.

Gulfport Public Information Officer Ryan LaFontaine knows that construction can be hard on residents, but he says the benefits to widening Three Rivers Road will be worth the trouble.

"It's going to be safer. It's going to be nicer to drive on," LaFontaine said. "It's a pain now. Road construction is always a pain, but once its done, it's gonna be something that keeps motorists safe and that keeps everybody happy."

The road construction is being done in three parts:

  • one by the city
  • one by a contractor
  • one by Harrison County.

City officials said the end is in sight.

Gulfport Councilman R.Lee Flowers said, "I'm proud to be able say that in the next week or so MDOT's gonna come in and start paving the portion that is constructed."

Flowers said the paving on the completed portion should only take a few days once it begins.

According to Flowers, two stop lights will also be installed on Three Rivers Road. One will be at the Reservation subdivision, and the other will be at Klein Road and Prudie Circle.

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