GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - On Monday, a major West Gulfport road closed down for at least two months. A large part of Broad Avenue near Memorial Hospital has been completely shut off to traffic.
Detour signs may cause a few minor delays, but Ryan Lafontaine with the City of Gulfport said once the road and infrastructure work is done, it will all be worth it.
"When it's done, we'll have brand new storm drains, we'll have brand new sewer and water lines and a newly resurfaced street. And it will be well worth the wait," Lafontaine said.
He said you'll see several detour signs at the busy intersection of Highway 90 and Broad Avenue for about 60 days while the $650,000 project is being done. Detour signs will take you two blocks east of Broad onto 38th Avenue. That is a very important thing to know, especially since this is the street most commonly used to get to Memorial Hospital.
"The contractor has notified the hospital, has notified American Medical Response, all the other emergency agencies and let them know about the closure," Lafontaine said.
He thanks residents for their understanding.
"The people of this area of town have always been, all the way through this process, very patient with us and we appreciate that greatly."
Most West Gulfport residents realize this FEMA funded work has been needed since August 2005.
"It's part of the ongoing Katrina recovery work, the overhaul of our infrastructure. It's big work and it's going to be great when it's finished."
Once the job is done on Broad Avenue, one last piece of this $15 million puzzle will get underway.
"There's another phase that's going to the Veterans Administration, from Jones Park to the VA."
That, he said, is the final phase. And it feels good to be in the home stretch of a major road improvement project.