D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - What used to be a busy, congested intersection is now a free-flowing highway in D'Iberville. The flyover at Sangani Boulevard and the Promenade Parkway has been open for more than a year. So, how has the area adjusted to the new bridge and reroutes?
"When it took that intersection out, it made traveling east and west across that flyover a lot safer," said D'Iberville Deputy Police Chief Clay Jones.
According to Jones, there haven't been any major accidents in the area of the flyover since it has been open. Jacqueline Tran remembers a time without the bridge when she started working in the area a year and a half ago.
"The traffic was really bad," said Tran.
Tran recalls the flow of traffic picking up immediately once the bridge opened.
"They just need the directions in the right way, that's all," said Tran.
The directions are what Kay Bosarge blames on hurting the business of one of her favorite spots. She has frequented the Waffle House at the foot of the new bridge for years. She understands that progress brings change.
"It has. It's put a crimp in their business, you know," said Bosarge.
Bosarge has continued to show up for her daily coffee while many stopped coming. She remembers the breakfast restaurant being a lot more accessible before the intersection was changed.
"You can't get to it without going all the way through the Promenade, and a lot of them do not know how to get through there," said Bosarge.
No matter who you ask, the new route has certainly changed a lot in the area. Some drivers have had a bit of a challenge trying to navigate the new bridge's ramps and turns.
"They need to give out maps," said one driver.
Most drivers have gotten used to it over the past year.
"I think it's helped out a lot. It's making traffic, as far as this way goes, a lot easier," said one driver, while stopped at one of the new traffic lights.
The $7.3 million flyover officially opened in July of last year after 18 months of construction.