Roads improve in Hancock County

By Al Showers - bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - No one can describe the road conditions in Hancock County better than the people who travel them every day.

"Pot holes everywhere," said Hancock County resident Edward Perez.

"Let me put it to you this way, you know how some people get on the roller coasters." Hancock County resident David Galloway said, "Everything is down, up, down, up, down."

"I'll tell you what, these roads are a mess," said Hancock County resident Clifton Huff.

But that mess will soon give way to a new, pot hole-free, smooth surface on most major roads and neighborhoods in Hancock County.

"Well, over 400 roads will be addressed to varying degrees of work. Some of them will be complete overlays after base repair work is done to them. Some of them, FEMA only allowed spot repairs," said County Engineer Geoffrey Clemens. "From the county's standpoint, we fought real hard to get all of them a complete fix. We didn't want to do patch work."

Work on the first 120 roads began last month, and already 70 roads are complete. Work on the next group should begin in about a month.

Clemens said how the work will be done may not seem logical, but the contracts call for different roads to be done at different times. He urges residents not to panic; all the work will get done.

"It's not a real efficient way to do it, but it's what we were stuck with because of the evaluation process," said Clemens. "If the public can be patient, it's going to be a mess under construction, but hopefully within a year, maybe a little bit longer than that, all the work will be completed. And the roads will be back in good shape."