BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi is apologizing to business owners who will have to wait longer for road work to finish. The city is in the middle of major infrastructure upgrades for the southern end of Caillavet Street. That work was supposed be wrapping up right now but unfortunately, crews hit a bump in the road.
The section of Caillavet between Highway 90 and Howard Avenue remains closed and will be for another two weeks, at least. City officials said they know this isn't what business owners along Caillavet want to hear.
Patricia Martin owns a dry cleaning business on Caillavet Street. She says it took some time for her customers to get the hang of how to get around the detours.
"Only in the beginning, when they had Howard and Caillavet cut off and barriers all over the place. Nobody knew where to come, where to go," said Martin. "It was kind of was kind of crazy for about two weeks, but now everybody is used to it and it's going to be good when it's done."
Crews are replacing the water, sewer and drainage lines on the south end of Caillavet Street to support the baseball stadium the city is building. The road was supposed to be closed for a month, but officials say that has been delayed because of erosion problems caused by heavy rain. When everything is done, Biloxi officials say it will be worth the headache for business owners.
"It will serve us for another 50 to 60 years because we're doing a comprehensive job on there. We're doing a comprehensive job on that street, and that's why it's taking so long," said Vincent Creel, Biloxi Spokesperson. "We apologize to the businesses that we are inconveniencing, even though we're only working on the south side of Caillavet. That's where a lot of people turn to go up to go to Back Bay, so it has been a bear primarily because of the weather."
Some business owners say although inconvenient, detours are no match for determined customers.
Andy Gunkel of Quality Seafood and Poultry said the delivery drivers have to take different routes, but the customers are still coming strong.
"When people want fresh shrimp and fish they find a way to Quality Seafood, and we steer them in the right direction," said Gunkel.
"You can't grow unless you have a mess to start with, and we've got to grow. I did talk to one business owner who said he has seen a drop in customers since the closure," said Martin.