GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Some of Gulfport's most congested roadways are about to see some major changes.
Drive down Creosote, Three Rivers or Airport Roads during any rush hour and you'll see traffic congestion, but all that is about to change.
Gulfport city leaders and Southern District Highway Commissioner Tom King gathered for a groundbreaking on the new roadway improvement project Wednesday. It will consist of widening Three Rivers Road from Creosote Road to Airport Road.
"Anytime you make improvements particularly aesthetic and functional improvements it's going to help overall working of business. People can get in and out of businesses quicker. And just the access to the airport, it's going to make it more attractive for folks who travel," said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes.
This project has business leaders downright excited.
"It's been needed for a while. I know it's been a project that's been on the books for a little while. So we're excited that its' actually coming to fruition," said Executive Director of Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Clay Williams.
"It means they'll be easier means from the vehicular standpoint to get in and out of the airport. There won't be the congestion," said Chairman of the Board of the Airport Authority Frank Genzer.
A roundabout will be put in at the intersection of Three Rivers Road and Airport Road. Motorists will also see widening at Creosote Road from Highway 49 to Three Rivers Road. The new roadway will increase the existing two lane road to five lanes.
"What we are going to do is take Creosote Road and make it safer. That's one of our most accident prone areas in our entire city," Ward 3 City Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines said.
Eighty percent of the $3.5 million project is being paid by MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. The other 20 percent will come from the city.