Potholes Plague A Gautier Neighborhood

The potholes in Cambridge Square in Gautier are numerous. So much so that it's hard to ride a few feet without sinking in one.

"There's some you could loose a car in probably," Cambridge Square Resident John Stadler said.

The City of Gautier is trying to fix this problem. But because of budget constraints, the re-paving project is on hold.

"We're doing a lot of things out there now that we can do in preparation for one day being able to remedy these street problems," Gautier Public Works Director Alton Nelson said.

The City of Gautier's street repair budget is $130,000. That pales in comparison to the more than $1.3 million needed to re-pave all of Cambridge Square. So the city says the work will have to be done in stages.

"My plans are to on a one or two day basis a week to try and take some bad bumps and humps out of Cambridge Square and fill them in," Nelson said.

John Stadler has lived in Cambridge Square for 26-years. He says any work is better than no work at all.

"Well, I would imagine they would be elated if they could get home without blowing a tire out every time they drive around. Anything would be an improvement if they would just throw a little dirt down or something," Stadler said.

The Public Works Director says they will be looking for more funding in the next year or two to start on this project. He says they have already put in drainage canals and a new sewer system in Cambridge Square recently to reduce flooding, which has been a contributing factor to the pothole problem.

By the way, it's only been a year since Cambridge Square was annexed into the City of Gautier. Since the streets in this neighborhood were built in the early 70s, city managers say they have a lot of catching up to do on the former county roads.

by Claire Nelson