BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The dust and detours are finally over for portions of a couple of downtown Biloxi streets. Caillavet Street and Howard Avenue have been seeing a good bit of construction for many months now.
The people who live and work in this area say it has been a long summer, and they are glad to see the paving project is getting closer to being done.
"I was thinking, what in the world is that racket," said Bonnie White.
She woke to the sound of large trucks and the roar of machinery. When she rushed to her window and saw what was causing the noise, she was thrilled.
"I'm delighted that Caillavet Gardens is getting a paved street," said White.
She has owned Caillavet Gardens Apartments since the 90s, but this summer was the first time she has had to deal with a project like this just outside her gate.
Other than having a harder time getting in, another problem she faced was the dust.
"You couldn't breathe. You couldn't sit out here the dust was so thick," said White.
Around the corner from her complex and almost a block from the construction, Joe Lancon was experiencing similar issues.
"Just can't hardly keep the dust out, but now that they got the black top down, it's a good thing,” said Lancon. “It's a good day."
Lancon and his employees were tired of having to take a detour around the block to get to work every day. He's looking forward to that changing, as are others.
For White, this is just a step in the right direction.
"Hopefully, it won't be that long before we start watching ball games out there," said White.
Lancon says he couldn't agree more.
"I think this is the beginning for all the good things that are fixing to start happening. The beginning," said Lancon.
The portion of Caillavet from Jackson Street to Howard is now complete. Howard Avenue just west of Caillavet also got its final layer of pavement. The southern section of Caillavet won't be finished until after the New Year.