BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some much-needed relief is on the way for residents living on 12 East Biloxi streets. Over the next two weeks, some 6,000 tons of asphalt will be laid on the streets and avenues, including Crawford, Holley, Keller, and Strangi.
The noise may be loud and constant, but it's music to the ears of people who call Keller Avenue home. It's a big job that requires attention to detail.
"We streamline it, fill in densities, roll it, put the curb in and make sure that everything is graded according to print," said Steve Simmons, grade foreman.
Some of the people on the 12 streets in East Biloxi have lived there more than 25 years. And for the past year, they've had to endure something they never thought they would.
But now, the $123 million project is finally coming to an end.
"Happy to get it done, very happy. It's been a long time getting it done so I'm ready. I've been here since 1990," said Lonnie Bedlington.
Maurice Kelly lives on Holley Street and has a birds-eye view of the massive road project.
"I'm going to be real happy because I can get around town now. At least I can get to Bayview and over the tracks. You need a map to get around town," Kelly said.
So when everything is finally finished, will East Biloxi shine once again?
"If you're looking at it from that standpoint, it will be a better place," said Gipson Means. "It's been rough, it's been a rough road."
Paving of the 12 streets should be finished in about two weeks, but the entire north project won't be completed until the middle of 2018.