Pascagoula gives two major roads a makeover

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The pot holes and cracks on two streets in Pascagoula will soon be removed.  The city received millions of dollars to fix Ingalls Avenue and Pascagoula Street, and the news already has drivers breathing a sigh of relief.

According to the city, more than 10,000 drivers travel the two roads daily. Both have large pot holes, cracks, the shoulders are caving in, and there's water damage from Hurricane Katrina.

"It is like riding a roller coaster," driver Jay Walker said.

"They tear your cars up; you have to ride really slow," driver Wanda Atkinson said.

"Most definitely ridiculous and I think they need to do something about it," Robert Bowlin said.

Next month, the city said it will give the old, deteriorating streets a facelift.

"On Ingalls Avenue, we are going to take the street finally down to the road bed and work all utilities that we have, and then we will come and pave on top of that," Councilman Joe Abston explained.

Similar road repair work will go on along Pascagoula Street.

"When we are finished, we will have nice smooth roads, new stripping; everything will be nice and smooth to ride one whether it is a bike or a car," Abston said.

The city is spending $333 million to fix the streets. Pascagoula leaders hope the improvements will make drivers happy and boost economic development.

"We want new businesses in town; we want people to move," the Pascagoula councilman said. "If you can't give them nice, smooth streets to ride on, they are not going to come here."

Drivers are already imagining driving the streets without feeling those annoying bumps in the road.

"Whenever you got the street all fixed and all paved, it is smooth riding without going up and down and spilling your coffee in the morning," Walker said.

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