BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The seemingly endless road closures and detours in Bay St. Louis will soon come to an end.
Residents have endured construction headaches for more than three years as the city rebuilt infrastructure citywide. But the $65 million post-Katrina replacement project is nearing completion. And no one is happier to hear that news than Bay St. Louis city leaders.
"The Cedar Point area has about three to four more weeks worth of work, basically dress up, clean-up work, some final asphalt work and they'll be out by the end of January," said Bay St. Louis Public Works Director Buddy Zimmerman.
All of the work crews are expected to be finished in March, marking a major milestone in Bay St. Louis history.
"Finally we are finishing up. We are coming to the end of this and life will be back to normal," Zimmerman said.
"We fully know that the community is going to look back on this and know that whatever pains we suffered through the course of these projects is going to be worth it in the end from what we get out of it," Mayor Les Fillingame said.
"It's a very disruptive process anytime you go tearing a street up in front of a group of businesses or a group of households. It's a pain. It's a problem. It's just like cooking a good meal: It takes a little while to prepare it, but once it's done, it's well worth the wait."
FEMA funded the entire $65 million tab for the infrastructure work.