Jackson County road undergoes facelift

Ocean Springs (WLOX)-  Driver Kenneth Richardson says when you drive on Reilly Road you are bound to hit a bump or two.

"Just potholes everywhere," Richardson said.

The gaps, cracks and dents in the road are disappearing. Jackson County and Ocean Springs are working together to repair the heavily traveled thoroughfare.

"The road without the blacktop is probably 20 times better than what was," Ocean Springs Alderman James Hagan said.

Ocean Springs Alderman James Hagan remembers this road being in really bad shape for years, but he says due to the lack of funds the project was delayed.

"It was money, time, and a little bit of everything. It is a very long road, and it takes a lot of money to get it done properly.

"It is about $225 thousand project," Jackson County Board of Supervisors President John McKay said.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors President John McKay says the investment will benefit neighbors and the city.

"It is economic development, people coming from I-10 to Ocean Springs don't want to travel to a tore up road to get to Wal-Mart and the doctor's office. The obvious thing is it's better for your vehicle to travel on it.

Safer Roads is a big property for the county this year. In fact, McKay says the county is working on more than 60 different road projects.

"It is a lot better than it was like before," Richardson said.

Kenneth Richardson was one of the first drivers test out the improvements.  The driver says it's definitely a better ride.

Jackson County Officials say the road work will be completed by the end of the month.