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01/26/05

Progress Not Always A Good Thing

Progress isn't always a good thing according to some homeowners who live along the Bayou Cassotte Causeway in Pascagoula. The road opened officially last summer to ease the flow of traffic to area industries. Since then, residents say their once quiet neighborhood has turned into a noisy drag strip.

For more than 40 years, Nora Parsley has called her house just off the Bayou Cassotte Causeway home. Parsley says this is where she wanted to live out her life. Since the causeway opened she's had a change of heart.

"I counted the other afternoon, and it wasn't when the traffic was real heavy, it was 181 cars in less than five minutes," says Parsley.

Heavy traffic is just one of the problems. Parsley says most people speed across the bridge and past her home all the time.

"I don't know how fast they're going but they're going faster than 40 miles an hour, I know," says Parsley.

Parsley has managed to handle the traffic and speeding by staying off the road in the morning and evening. But even when she's not on the road, the loud sounds of vehicles bouncing across the bridge near her home is unbearable.

"You can't hear television inside sometimes it gets so bad," said Parsley.

Things have gotten so bad, Parsley says she has only one option.

"I'm just getting too old to go through worries like that anymore, so I'm gonna try to sell it," says Parsley.

Parsley's son Mike, who lives just down the road, has similar complaints.

"The noise. All the time noise, you know. I have nothing to block the noise out," said Mike Parsley.

But his biggest concern isn't noise. It's the safety of people who try to cross the road in heavy traffic.

"When they get off work in the evening times you can forget about crossing the road because they're doing 75 miles an hour through here."

Like his mother, Mike Parsley wants to get away, but says selling isn't an option.

"I can't sell as a residential place," said Parsley. "Who wants to live here?"

The Parsleys would like to see the city buy them out, but city leaders say that isn't likely to happen. That means, for now, the Parsleys will be stuck living life by the fastlane.

by Josh Ridgdell

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