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Waveland tackles pothole riddled roads

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

The bumpy roads around Waveland will soon become smoother and safer. City leaders recently kicked off a major re-paving project. Waveland residents are looking forward to when the work will all be done.

Who knew that a 'Road Work Ahead' sign would be capable of putting a smile on a driver's face?

"I drive my truck and trailer down here all the time, and I have ladders jumping and bouncing all over the place. There's a lot of streets damaged in this part of town," said Hancock County resident Joseph Morano.

The pothole riddled roads on 40 streets in Waveland will soon become smoother and safer. Crews recently started work on a $1 million re-surfacing project.

"Some of these streets have been years, maybe decades, since they've gotten new asphalt. A lot of this is still effects from all the high waters during Katrina," said Waveland Public Works Director Brent Anderson.

He said roads with base failures will be strengthened up. Then, potholes throughout the whole city will be patched.

"Then, after all of this is completed, they will come back in and do a full overlay of two inch asphalt," Anderson said.

The most heavily traveled roads and populated areas will see attention first.

"Each Alderman got with me and did their own inspections of streets that they felt were in worse shape than others, and we all sat down and compiled a list. Each Alderman tried to take care of their ward the best they could with the funding available," said Anderson.

"Waveland, it's been pretty bad for a long time. An upgrade would be beautiful down in Waveland. I drive through here and work all over," Morano said.

The project is expected to be finished in about a month. City leaders say more streets will be paved as funds become available.

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