BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi's $355 million infrastructure project has created frustration and disrupted the quality of life in East Biloxi. Torn up roads, mud and out of control dust have taken a toll on residents and businesses.
"It's been a total loss. In fact, this year we're going to have to declare a loss. We've never seen anything like this in all these years, my 50 years here," said Tyrone Burton, who owns a barber shop on Main St.
On Thursday, the city began putting down a temporary coat of asphalt on Main St. between the railroad tracks and Division St. in an effort to mitigate the mess.
"It's going to make a big difference. It'll make a difference, because I'm going to get out and visit with my customers, and I'm going to make sure they come back home. This is home," said Inez Thomas, long-time owner of a cafe and lounge.
The City of Biloxi is spending $600,000 in general obligation bonds to bring this temporary fix to the primary roads in the affected area of the city.
Main St. will be paved from the tracks to Bayview Ave. Division St. will be done from Caillavet St. to Lee St.
Mayor FoFo Gilich knows the road work has been tough on folks.
"It's killing people with businesses here. This is a main artery, whether you live in Ward one or Ward two. I drive it every day. This is a very good solution," Gilich said.
Warren Paving will be working over the next few weeks on the main roads before moving into some of the neighborhood streets. The city felt compelled to approve the project in response to citizen's concerns.
"Thank goodness for a little relief. Thank goodness for the quality of life. We appreciate the mayor, because he listened to the cries of the citizens. We worked together, and we got this done," according to Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines.