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Mayor speaks up on east Biloxi roads

Clouds of dust linger daily as cars travel the roads. (Photo source: WLOX News) Clouds of dust linger daily as cars travel the roads. (Photo source: WLOX News)
This is a parked car on Lameuse Street in east Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) This is a parked car on Lameuse Street in east Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Mayor Gilich is calling for contractors to fix roads that aren't currently being worked on. (Photo source: WLOX News) Mayor Gilich is calling for contractors to fix roads that aren't currently being worked on. (Photo source: WLOX News)

Biloxi's mayor has put contractors in east Biloxi on notice about the condition of the roads. Tuesday afternoon, a statement was posted on the City of Biloxi's website, where Mayor FoFo Gilich expressed his concern over the terrible road conditions.

Traveling the roads north of the tracks in east Biloxi can cause a dust storm, and residents have been dealing with that for nearly a year.

“The dust, I just gave up on dusting my house because when I dust it comes right back in there and all that stuff,” said Shirley Redmon.

It's not just dust upsetting residents, but potholes and detours too. That's why Gilich has said, enough is enough.

“He drives the same roads as everyone else, and he has looked at that contract. He's had the city's legal staff read it, and they have said we want to see changes made,” said Biloxi’s public affairs manager, Vincent Creel.

According to Creel, the contractors in charge of this $355 million infrastructure project are responsible for maintaining a smooth riding surface during construction.

“What Mayor Gilich has done is put the contractor and program manager on notice. I want to see changes made. I want you to use all of your available resources to make those changes now,” said Creel.

Fed up residents are happy to see the mayor take a stand.

“He didn't come into office having the knowledge about everything that is working here. So now it is very good that he has learned that this is something he needs to do and needs to do now,” said George Parks.

East Biloxi business owner Inez Thomas agrees.

“I am glad he done it. Maybe it will put some action in them, lead behind them so they'll move up. I hope so anyway,” said Thomas.

In the mayor's statement he even detailed the contract guidelines, and suggested the contractors follow them as soon as possible to get at least some of the roads passable again.

“If they're not actively working on them right now, either put down limestone or aggregate rock or temporary asphalt. That's what's in the contract. That's what we want to see done,” said Creel.

Gilich has asked the contractors to report back to him on the matter as soon as possible.

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