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Three Rivers Construction Back On Track

Traffic delays are expected on Three Rivers Road between Seaway and Creosote. A slow moving parade of tail lights greets drivers daily.

"Probably the worst traffic jam in the city in that section of roadway. So we were looking at ways to get that project done," said Gulfport city engineer, Bill Powell.

Work to widen the busy roadway began early last year. It was supposed to be finished long ago, but several delays have extended the congestion and driver aggravation.

"It gets aggravating," said one driver, during a late morning back up of traffic.

"It's taking a long time," said another, while waiting.

If you're thinking the delay in the roadwork might be Katrina-related, you're right.

"This project has moved slow. And one of the reasons for its slowness is Katrina and an unusual impact on this particular project. There was much increased traffic on that roadway over and above our normal heavy duty traffic because of Katrina. But Katrina also delayed the delivery of many construction materials to this area," said Powell.

Work crews are once again busy and materials available. Powell says the project is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

One recent change order that delayed this project a bit longer was the addition of traffic signals and turning lanes at the intersection of Three Rivers and County Barn Roads. Those changes were made to accommodate future commercial development that's expected at that intersection.

Drivers we talked with are happy to see the progress and know that a completion date is in sight.

"It would be a lot easier going to work and coming home," said one woman, while waiting for the slow moving line to move.

That's a sentiment shared by many drivers, anxious to see some traffic relief on an always busy Three Rivers Road.

City engineer Bill Powell says two more projects are in the works to help ease traffic flow in that area.

The city expects to take bids next year to widen Three Rivers Road from Creosote to Airport Road, and to widen Creosote from Three Rivers to Highway 49.

By Steve Phillips

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