GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - John Clark Road is one of several in the City of Gulfport undergoing repairs, but the people living there are saying enough is enough. Dust and danger are what many there are claiming has become an everyday reality.
The repairs on John Clark Road were originally scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, but because of a pipe that had to be reinstalled, the completion date has been extended. This has made many of the people who use this road frustrated.
"I think this is totally unacceptable," said Buster Tindel.
The layers of dust and dirt have him calling for action. Every day, he watches as cars fly by leaving a cloud of dust to settle on his yard, house and vehicle.
"You ought to see my truck. I park under the carport over here on the opposite side, and it's as gray as what this street is," said Tindel.
Just down the street, his neighbor, Randy Brownlee, says things could have been done differently.
"It should be the contractor's responsibility to at least grade this road daily, add limestone as it's needed and keep it watered," said Brownlee.
The engineers working the project said that the site is watered at least twice a day, but for those who use this road daily, there hopes are watering won't be needed for much longer.
Kevin Ely got a shock when he first drove onto the eastbound lane. His car hit the dip hard and almost wrecked.
"They need to fix this road before somebody gets hurt," said Ely.
He actually stopped to check his car.
"It scared me. I thought I wrecked my car," said Ely.
The rough patch that took Ely by surprise is a section that saw the most recent repair when a pipe was replaced. Gulfport police have placed signs warning drivers to slow down to avoid damage and unnecessary danger in these areas. When the project is complete, this area should be smooth again.
Engineers say that testing should begin August 4, on John Clark Road. If everything goes as planned, paving could start as soon as August 7. Once it's started, it will take four to five days to complete.