GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Another road project in Gulfport is supposed to help speed up the flow of traffic in the area, but right now the construction zone is doing nothing but slowing down business for business owners in the area.
The widening of Three Rivers Road from Airport Road to Creosote Road has been called a nuisance by drivers making their way through the area. They're not the only ones the construction mess is taking a toll on.
"The area is a growing and upcoming area and the construction, to me, seems to be slowing it down, Brenda Overton said.
Overton is the Operations Manager at Luxe Beauty Supply, located on Creosote Road. She says they've only been open for four months, but blames the construction zone for their decrease in steady business.
"Right now it seems like people are having a difficult time coming here trying to find the place. They're either in the next parking lot or the other parking lot, and all the cones. I know sometimes I pass it up, and I know where it is," Overton said.
Overton isn't the only one who dislikes being right in the middle of the construction zone.
"It's very difficult to navigate. It's not like they closed off two lanes and you can still travel the two lanes. You have to kind of swerve on and off and so that's really confusing for many of our customers," says Rebecca Fairley.
Just a few doors down at Panache Apparel and Accessories, store owner Rebecca Fairley says her seven year old business is suffering, too. She's ready for the construction madness, that's already behind schedule, to be over.
"We've been able to stay afloat. We have unfortunately had to let a few of our employees find jobs elsewhere because we weren't able to provide the hours that we normally do, but we're looking forward to business getting back to normal," Fairley said.
WLOX News reached out to the city's Director of Engineering, Kris Riemann, and he tells us the road expansion project is expected to be finished by October.