Caillavet Street at Division open after 2-week closure

Caillavet Street at Division open after 2-week closure

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's a small step but a big relief.

After being closed for two weeks, Caillavet Street is open again at the intersection of Division Street.

It wasn't exactly a shotgun start with lots of fanfare, but the Wednesday reopening is going to make a lot of people happy.

"I'm pretty happy," said Laderrick Harmon. "I stay right over here in the Veteran Housing right off of Cuevas and Division. So, I hear it every morning. I'm forced to deal with it every single day. So, seeing this paved right here, and even before they did that when they paved like Division, that's been helping out a lot."

The intersection was closed while workers had to go down 20 feet to put in a new sewage line that runs the length of Division Street.

The section was paved and the heavy barricades were removed about 12:30 p.m.

"We apologize for the inconvenience," said Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel. "But this is dangerous work when they have to go down 20 feet. Because of the way our water table is, you could easily get a cave in."

The reopening of the Division and Caillavet intersection couldn't have come at a better time for Quality Poultry & Seafood. Good Friday is one of the busiest times of the year.

Business for these last two weeks has been down 15 to 20 percent. But business manager Jim Gunkel is expecting a rush.

"We appreciate all the work these guys are doing," Gunkel said. "I know they're working hard trying to get through it. We just hope that we could get it done a little bit sooner and maybe get some better time management to get us better estimates of how long it's really going to be closed."

Likewise, Geoffrey Simon's business has suffered, but he understands the need.

"They did stay working on it every day pretty much," Simon said. "They didn't just leave, take off, for weeks at a time, whatever. It did hurt my business, but it had to be done."

Creel says that by May, Back Bay Boulevard and Oak Street will be finished and striped, and major sections of Division Street will be paved by mid-June.

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