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Rebuilding Work Begins On Beach Boulevard In Bay St Louis

Nearly a year after it was destroyed, the long awaited reconstruction work on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis has finally started. Phase one is building a temporary road.

"You've got to start at the ground up when something this bad happens," County Engineer Geoffrey Clemens said. "This is the first building block to get to the ultimate goal to having a restored downtown and residential area on the beach."

To reach that goal, crews are building a temporary gravel road from Highway 90 to Washington Street to connect to the undamaged portion of Beach Blvd.

"Kind of a restrictive access road for city vehicles, first responder's vehicles and actual home owners, business owners in this area. Hopefully it will aid them in their process of rebuilding their homes and businesses."

The fact that something is being done has a lot of downtown business owners very happy.

"It's a life line, just like the bridge, to any of the businesses here," said Dave Moynan, President of the Old Town Merchants Association.

Moynan reopened his Main Street shop just last week.

"On weekends, you can see many cars down here who all of the sudden have to stop turn around back up. It would help all of us who are opening in the 100 block especially, because right now we're at the end of a dead end street," Moynan said.

"I know Joleen Trapani has said from day one that as soon as there is a road she can get trucks down, she'll reopen Trapani's and start building back where it was. I know Dan B's has mentioned they wanted to come back."

Shop owner Mickey Evans agrees.

"Everybody wants their town back and so the more businesses we can get open down here the better, it's better for us, it's better for the town," Evans said.

Cars should be driving on the temporary Beach Blvd in about two months.

The temporary road will cost about $900,000. It's being funded by Federal Highway Emergency Relief Funds.

by Al Showers

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