BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A long awaited sidewalk project is underway in Bay St.Louis. And it will give residents who live in wards three and four protection from the traffic on Old Spanish Trail they say they've needed for years.
"Halleluiah," said resident Pam Martin. "Because those kids getting off the bus will have a sidewalk to step onto."
Martin said her neighborhood has needed sidewalks for as long as she can remember. And she's been quick to let city leaders know. She worries about the safety of her grand kids and other children in the community.
"It's just bad up there and the cars come and go as fast as they want to go," explained Martin.
The sidewalk project starts at St. Francis Street near Main Street and extends for two miles along Old Spanish Trail to the Waveland city limits. Bay leaders say it's part of an overall plan to link and build-out a city wide sidewalk system.
"In that particular area of Old Spanish Trail, we've got the Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club, plus we've got the Bay Pines Housing Authority. There is a lot of potential pedestrian traffic there that we've got to get out of the streets and safely on the sidewalks," said Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame.
Resident Brenda Nelson agreed with the mayor.
"I think it's the best thing that could have happened. Not just for the kids, for my sake, too," said Nelson.
"I'm proud of Bay St. Louis. We are moving in the right direction," Martin said. "I'm just grateful to the councilmen, the mayor. They don't see me up there rabble rousing anymore."
The project is being funded by a matching grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The city is putting up 20-percent of the cost, which is about $180,000. The project is expected to be completed in June.