GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's been months since repair work began on O'Neal Road, and according to residents, not much has improved.
Work began in the spring as part of a contract that called for repairs on multiple streets in the area. Density testing began Friday in hopes to get repairs rolling. But, residents are saying it's past time for the city of Gulfport to do something about the paving issue.
"The city could have taken care of this really quick if they wanted to," said Khari Enkosi, who lives in the Tracewood subdivision, just off O'Neal Road.
He and several of his neighbors have been in constant contact with the city. They're tired of the dirt and grime that has now become a norm for the neighborhood.
"I haven't washed my car since they started because when you come down this road, it's a dust cloud," said Enkosi.
The city did come out and patch some of the holes a couple of weeks ago, but, according to Enkosi, it didn't help much.
Kevin Flowers has lived in the area for 50 years.
"I moved out here when it was first dirt, and it was in better shape than what it is now," said Flowers.
Even though the road is no longer closed to traffic, he is having to turn around to avoid suspension damage on his truck and boat trailer.
"We're really tired of it," said Flowers.
But, just because Flowers turns around, doesn't mean that's the case with everyone. Many of the people traveling this busy road simply barrel through, without much change in speed. That could be dangerous for kids like Bryce Page when he and his friends ride their bikes through the neighborhood.
"When I'm coming up our driveway, I see like trucks coming past, and rocks are coming and water is slinging everywhere," said Page.
Even without owning a car, Page has gotten to the point of frustration.
"I think they need to just come over here and fix it real quick," said Page.
Gulfport Councilman R Lee Flowers has released an updated paving schedule for O'Neal Road and John Clark Road. John Clark should begin to see paving by July 17, and O'Neal by the 23rd. Those dates are subject to change due to weather or density testing results.