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11/03/02

Residents Ready For Construction To End

Driving home every day is a chore for Kim Lovett and nine other families on Dutch Bayou Road in Moss Point.

Kim Lovett said, "It's been muddy, nasty. It's hard to get down." Her neighbor Heather Neaveill agrees.

"In July, they told me it'd be three weeks and it'd be paved," said Neaveill. "And here it is the first part of November and it's still a mess."

Lovett and Neaveill say they're sick of the red clay that's covered the road for more than six months covering their cars as well.

Lovett said, "Our cars and vehicles... the wear and tear is terrible."

Neaveill has problems also.

"This past Monday it was real soppy. I bottomed out my van, I don't know how many times. And ruined the shocks on my van," she said. 

Both women say it's time for the road to be repaved. And even though work crews were out during our interview, Neaveill doesn't think the men are working hard enough to get the job done.

"Right, they're doing more on the other end of the construction site than they are on this end. And they have been. That's how it's been," she said. 

Work crews say they will work all weekend hoping that by Monday they can lay the asphalt down. But if it rains Monday they say they can't. That's because when it rains, it takes four to five days to dry out the roads, and then they have to do everything all over again. 

Lovett says her main concern is that emergency vehicles won't be able to make it down the road.

"Somebody gets sick, somebody's house catches on fire, those vehicles aren't going to go down this road because of the possibility of getting stuck," Lovett said. 

Work crews say it would help if fewer people drove down the road after heavy rains. But these ten families have no choice but to travel Dutch Bayou Road, rain or shine.

Tally Contracting of Pascagoula is in charge of the Dutch Bayou road project.

By Jennifer Holliman

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