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East Biloxi residents get prepped on city infrastructure work

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The city of Biloxi is breaking ground on a multi-million dollar infrastructure project that's been nearly seven years in the making. (Photo source: WLOX) The city of Biloxi is breaking ground on a multi-million dollar infrastructure project that's been nearly seven years in the making. (Photo source: WLOX)
The $355 million project, funded by FEMA, will replace ground work that hasn't been touched since the 70s. (Photo source: WLOX) The $355 million project, funded by FEMA, will replace ground work that hasn't been touched since the 70s. (Photo source: WLOX)
While some Biloxi residents at a meeting Thursday were excited about the work to come, others felt the results may not be worth the three years of hassle. (Photo source: WLOX) While some Biloxi residents at a meeting Thursday were excited about the work to come, others felt the results may not be worth the three years of hassle. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The city of Biloxi is breaking ground on a multi-million dollar infrastructure project that's been nearly seven years in the making. Dozens of East Biloxi residents attended a meeting Thursday evening, hosted by the city, to hear what project contractors have planned to complete the highly anticipated infrastructure project.

"They seem to know what they're doing. They have it all organized. They have maps out that we can look and an engineer that has planned our section and tells us exactly what they're going to do and what we can expect," Cathy Jasinski said.

The $355 million project, funded by FEMA, will replace ground work that hasn't been touched since the 70s, or even after Hurricane Katrina. The goal is to bring in newer pipes, as well as restore roads, curbs and sidewalks.

While some residents were excited about the work to come, others feel the results may not be worth the three years of hassle.

"I feel that the citizens wouldn't mind enduring all the inconvenience, all the dust, all the detours if the end result was going to be positive. But you know, if the end result is not going to be that positive and it may just be 10 percent better than what we have now, there's no reason to endure that," Sarah Walker said.

City officials understand the concerns residents have and intend to do their best to fulfill the infrastructure needs of the city. Residents are at least happy the cost is being covered by FEMA and not coming directly out of their pockets.

"The good thing about it is it's not city tax money that's being used. It's federal government, although we in the end we do pay for that, but it's nothing directly coming out of our pockets, so that's always a plus," Gwen Beck said.

Biloxi officials break ground on the $355 million project Friday morning on 6th Street, off of Oak Street.

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