BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Paul Legendre woke up to a big surprise: A work crew turning his dirt road into a paved one. It's a long awaited, and exciting thing to see for residents in Bay St. Louis's annexed area.
"We've been waiting on this for over eight years and we're finally getting it," said Legendre.
He said living on a dirt and gravel road hasn't been easy.
"Just constant dust. The wife was always having to dust the house even though the house was closed."
Five roads in wards three, five and six will receive some much needed attention.
"St. Frances Street , Primrose, Tahiti , Madagascar and Texas will be done in this round of paving," said Bay St. Louis Public Works Director Buddy Zimmerman
Jason Howard lives on Madagascar Street in the Shoreline Park Community. Crews will pave his dirt road next.
"Anytime it rains, it takes just a little bit to flood and then the road is just turned into a mess," Howard said.
"This is a long term plan of the city council to come out and do make progress in and spend some tax dollars in this newly annexed area, and get these roads asphalted," Zimmerman said.
This round of paving will cost the city $100,000. City work crews did most of the prep work to save the city some money.
Paul Legendre is just happy his dirt road days are over.
"We've always been the step-children since they've annexed us. We've been the step-child and we wasn't getting much done at all. Every time you'd go to the council meetings, they'd promise it was in the works, it was in the works. And finally we're seeing something, which is good."
City leaders hope to be able to spend about $100,000 a year over the next several years until all of the dirt roads have been paved in their annexed area. Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said the next round of dirt roads will be paved in January.