GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It hasn't been a smooth ride for months now on O'Neal Road in Gulfport, and it's caused a big headache for many commuters. Sighs of relief are on the way to those over in Gulfport who live or often travel down O'Neal Road.
Since the spring, work has been done on multiple streets, including O'Neal, as part of a road repair contract. Kipsey Broussard is one of those commuters who have been waiting on this project to be completed.
"It's going to be great. You can't go down it without hitting a bump or a hole, a pothole. It's going to be wonderful," Broussard said.
Gary Cheeks has owned property near O'Neal for three years now, and he says he travels down the damaged road on a daily basis. Besides dealing with the heavy dirt that trails each car, he says he also has to deal with the heavy traffic.
"I mean, people do what they have to do sometimes. You can't speed up and down the road. Obviously, you have to respect oncoming traffic, but again, most people will stay in this eastbound lane because that's the part that's paved. When someone is coming, you slow down and tip along until you get a chance. That's how we've been doing it the last month or so," Cheeks said.
Cheeks said he wishes the city would have had a better plan to get the road fixed sooner.
"I think it maybe should've been planned out a little bit better, and I think this type of delay shouldn't have been necessary," Cheeks said.
"We've taken our time with planning to make sure all is prepared and measured out accurately. We appreciate the patience of residents and drivers on the road and want to be certain that when we build this road, it's going to last as long as it's supposed to," said Gulfport Ward 6 Councilman R. Lee Flowers.
Cheeks said once the work is finished, his reaction will be the same as other residents and drivers along O'Neal Road.
"It's the same as everyone else. Man I'm glad they finished. That's how all of us are going to feel, because we travel this road every day," Cheeks said.
Flowers said milling and paving should be complete this week. Striping and reflectors will be done after a couple of rain falls. All work is weather permitting.