Paving to Begin Friday in Biloxi
Relief is in sight for Biloxi residents who live and travel along Oak Street.
Crews are out prepping the street, paving the way for asphalt to be laid on Friday. Paving is set to start north of the CSX railway Friday on the final stretch of Oak Street. Drivers, residents and business owners along the street have expressed frustration over the construction in the area, geared to improve the infrastructure and roadway.
Employees at one Oak Street bakery tell News 25 it’s been a rough time for their business during the ongoing construction with all the digging, detours and construction along the street. Le Bakery owner Sue Nguyen-Torjusen said, “It’s affected a lot of our walk-in business for sure and our seasonal business just because it created an impassable way for people to get here. You know, even the people who thought we were even open, it’s hard for them to get down here because of all the detours and what not. Even the detours that they take us through is through roads that are unfinished.”
Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says Oak Street required contractors to install a sewer line 23 feet below ground, which is one of the deepest cuts they have to make in the entire project. Mayor Gilich points to this as why it has taken so long to complete this part of the project.
Friday’s pavement will be permanent and is expected to take about two days to finish.