A lot of work is being done around the stadium site to help accommodate all the traffic in the area. A $3.2 million infrastructure project is underway in downtown Biloxi. It's a project city leaders say was sped up with the approval of the baseball stadium. Bob Memory and his wife headed back to Louisiana after a few days' stay in Biloxi. They visit Biloxi often, but say it may be a while before they return because of these road conditions in the downtown area.
Bob Memory says, “It's a bloody mess. I'm from Metairie and we like coming up here and going around, but I'm not coming back until they finish.” Alton Crawford is a Biloxi native. While the roads are a mess now, he believes it will be worth it in the long run, especially once the baseball stadium is completed. Crawford says, “I feel that the city has to do what it has to do to get this project on the way.”
Biloxi spokesman, Vincent Creel, says this work on Caillavet Street is the first phase of a multi-million dollar citywide project to repair and improve the city's infrastructure. Creel says, “What we’re having to do is replace water, sewer, and drainage lines under there and this is some infrastructure work, but it's also being driven by the contruction of M.G.M. Park at Beau Rivage. There’s a race to get this ballpark and entertainment center built by this time next year, so we are fighting against the clock.” City officials say there are a number of detours that you can take, including one on Reynoir Street.
Creel also says, “What we are trying to do is get in there and get it done and quick as possible, but the fact is when it is work of this magnitude, it is going to take us about a month to do it. We are sensitive to the businesses on Caillavet Street.” As for the Memorys, they say they hope when they do return to this area the roadwork will be complete and the construction will be a distant memory.
This is just one of the first phases of Restore Biloxi, a $355 million project to repair and replace infrastructure that went under water during Hurricane Katrina. It is a F.E.M.A. funded project. City leaders say there will be infrastructure projects citywide throughout the next three years.