South Gloster Street project nears end

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 5/13/2013 6:43 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Jim Curry hopes for a swift finish to the South Gloster Street project.

Business at Jimmy's Portable Buildings dropped by 30 percent.

"I don't sell nearly the buildings I need to be and without selling buildings, they won't bring me any more buildings. My inventory stays the same, so I don't make any money," Curry said.

Work on South Gloster Street began in July, 2011.

A turn lane was added along with additional utilities.

The approximately $6.5 million project was to be complete by January 1, but weather got in the way.

Business owners had to endure blocked entrances and other obstacles.

Now that a portion of the project is complete, business is making a comeback.

That is taking place at Kilgore's Grocery Store. 

"The road being open and widened has helped significantly. It was a rough year last year. But, it's the price for progress. Everything is looking up now. Business is coming back up," Manager Enoch Smithey said.

Some say it's a project they have gotten used to.

"It wasn't so bad, but it was a job to get started on and to get familiar with, but now it's just a blessing," Tupelo resident Izola Warlick said.

City officials are counting on that attitude as they once again redirect traffic for this project.

Milling and paving begin this week.

"It's going to be hectic for a while tomorrow [Tuesday] and possibly Wednesday. We're urging the public to be real careful if they have to drive that area because it will be very busy and they will be able to get through. But, there will be some delays," Tupelo Major Thoroughfare Project Manager Phillip Harbor said.

The project is to be complete by the end of the May.
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