D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The wait is nearly over for business owners in D'Iberville after enduring with more than a year of road construction. Officials with the design engineering firm behind the Central Avenue makeover said work wraps up at the end of the month.
Stylist Margaret Aucoin has owned a salon on Central Avenue for three years. She said although road construction has cut into her profit margin, she realizes there can be no positive change without some sacrifice.
"I think we'll have a lot more business all around here, especially when they get the other casino here," Aucoin said. "It's going to be better. It's going to be nice."
Construction officials thanked business owners for their patience during the very big job of sprucing up Central Avenue. The project includes new infrastructure, moving utilities underground and putting in new sidewalks and lighting.
"It's been a struggle," said Mark Seymour of Seymour Engineering in Biloxi said. "Every road project has its challenges. It's quite a long project down Racetrack and we're running all the way to Lamey Bridge Road, so it's been exciting. In about month, we're going to have it wrapped up and we'll have a nice new roadway for everybody."
When all is said and done, Central will also have an extra lane.
"The new turn lanes are going to make it easy to access all the business owners and it will allow for pedestrians to visit all the business owners," said Seymour. "Hopefully help promote new business in this entire area."
Although the main purpose is to attract businesses, D'Iberville officials said they also want to create something beautiful for residents.
"You'll notice the design of the sidewalk area has a green space approximately five feet wide running both sides of Central Avenue from the clock all the way to the Bay Shore area," said Al Gombos, D'Iberville Municipal Operations & Projects Manager. "It will be infused with plants, trees and shrubbery of all kinds. Just add more of a boulevard affect than just a normal city street."