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No more thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump on Market Street

Workers with Pandle Asphalt Paving of Pascagoula prepare the south end of Market Street for repaving in 2003, when they kept one lane open and paved at night.
Workers with Pandle Asphalt Paving of Pascagoula prepare the south end of Market Street for repaving in 2003, when they kept one lane open and paved at night. THE SUN HERALD

While they’re waiting on money to really fix Market Street — Pascagoula’s major thoroughfare — city leaders have decided to go ahead and give motorists some relief.

Beginning Sept. 5, road crews will pave a major portion of the street, between Polk Avenue and Live Oak Avenue. That’s from Lenny’s Sub Shop to the Sonic Drive-in, or 10 to 12 city blocks.

Work will be done at night, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The contractor will leave one lane open and put up informational signs to direct motorists.

The street will be stripped (or milled) first, paved and then striped.

It should be complete before the first weekend in October and Cruisin’ The Coast.

City Spokeswoman Ravin Floyd said Cruisin’ — billed as America’s largest block party — is now a three-day event in Pascagoula. Market Street will be an exit route, and the city wants to make sure the work is complete before the event that brings custom cars to the Mississippi Coast begins on Oct. 1.

Market Street is in need of major infrastructure to repair drainage.

“Completely repairing Market Street’s infrastructure is still a high priority for this administration but until we receive the funding to complete it properly, we need to make it safer and more convenient for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Dane Maxwell.

He said he and the City Council decided to move forward with paving “to, hopefully, give some relief for those who drive this major thoroughfare daily.”

The city thanked Jackson County supervisors Melton Harris and Ken Taylor, and County Road Manager Joe O’Neal for helping make the paving possible.

The contractor is Pandle Inc.

Discussions are under way by the mayor and City Council to look at funding for the south end of Market Street, paved in 2003.

Got questions? Call City Hall at 228-762-1020 and ask for City Manager Mike Mangum.

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