PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A paving project is underway in the City of Petal thanks to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors. The board voted to spend more than $100,000 to repave a heavily traveled road, inside the city limits.
Dana Holified has owned and operated Dana's Family Haircare, which sits off Old Richton Road, for more than 20 years. She said the condition of the road leading to her shop has been in bad shape for years.
"Oh, it was really, really bad. My car, I just got new tires because it was really bad on my car," Holifield said.
Now, that's a problem of the past.
"The board approved to help the City of Hattiesburg with a couple of roads on paving," said Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross said. "I asked at that time if we could do one for the City of Petal."
Wish granted. The paving project on Old Richton Road, which is a heavily traveled road for residents in the city and county, started Tuesday afternoon.
"We made the selection of the Old Richton Road from Fairchild Drive out a mile and a third out towards the school," Ross said. "It's a highly traveled road and it needs some help right now. It's also an alternative way we go to our school and anytime we can enhance the safety of our children we certainly want to do that."
Ross represents District 3, which includes the City of Petal. He said according to city officials, it did not have the funds to bring the much-needed project to fruition. Petal Mayor Hal Marx confirmed with WDAM it has less than a $200,000 budget for road improvements this year.
"He said they did not have the money to pave it in this budget," Ross said. "I know a lot of people have asked me if we could help them with it. It really doesn't look that bad, but it is awfully rough. That's the reason we chose that road."
The project is costing about 140,000.
"We are very happy to do that for the city and the citizens of Petal," Ross said.
"Oh, I love it. It's going to be great. I can't believe it," Holified said
The roadwork should be completed in about a week.
Marx said the city appreciates the work being done by Forrest County to improve the city.