Action Report: Orange Grove Road doubles as pothole obstacle course

Updated: Jul. 26, 2017 at 7:42 PM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Thousands of cars travel on Orange Grove Road in Gulfport every day. When school starts again in two weeks, buses to Orange Grove Elementary will add to the congestion.

Throw in road work, and residents say it's a mess.

Steve Peterman says he's been watching the situation get worse since the project started 14 weeks ago. Peterman recorded video on his cell phone Tuesday morning that shows the huge potholes he says make driving difficult and dangerous.

"You almost have to stop, especially meeting other traffic, because there's not enough room. Everybody wants to dodge the potholes and you end up dodging cars and trucks."

After someone complained to the city that she would contact WLOX, city workers reportedly put down limestone that afternoon.

"It's passable today, "said Peterman.  "But the first chance it rains with the traffic, it's going to go right back to where it was."

On April 17, the City of Gulfport sent out a notice to residents in the area to inform them of the construction. The notice said the city is working on improvements to the drainage system in your area and construction would begin that week and was expected to be completed by the end of May.

Resident Justin Cumberland said, "We just don't understand how the ball keeps getting dropped."

Cumberland lives on Orange Grove Road and says he understands there's been plenty of rain. However, he says the project is running almost two months behind schedule.

"You could have drove on the moon smoother than you could have done on Orange Grove Road, and that's just pathetic," said Cumberland. "It's a high traffic road right here and it should have never been prolonged this far."

Cumberland says neighbors have been dealing with an accumulation of dust from the limestone on their homes, central air conditioners, and on their vehicles.

Gulfport Public Works Director Wayne Miller says he will meet with the paving contractor next week, and that section of Orange Grove Road should be paved with asphalt within the next two weeks.

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