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Gary Road potholes anger motorists

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BYRAM, MS (WLBT) - There are more complaints of road problems in newly incorporated Byram.

This time residents said repairs on Gary Road are long overdue and costly for motorists forced to use the roadway daily.

"Over a year I've had three flat tires and two bent rims," said Byram resident Shannon Kendrick.

The 33-year-old said her Chevrolet Cavalier is taking a beating as she travels Gary Road four to five times a day, costing her up to $400 in repairs.

The cleaning business owner is fed up with the pothole filled road.

Kendrick is also concerned about stopped construction at the intersections of Terry and Davis Roads.

"This road is terrible. They started this construction over a year ago, and it's just terrible. They haven't finished it. They haven't been working on it much. Every once in a while they'll come out here and work a little on it. The road is terrible," said Kendrick.

There are two schools, several subdivisions and many businesses on this heavily traveled two lane roadway.

"When you try to turn in off of Davis onto Gary Road you have to almost go into the ditch because if there's a car parked there you can not get in on that road," said Kendrick.

Large vehicles and school buses could be seen having difficulty maneuvering the tight roadway and construction.

On Gary Road near Davis the street has crumbled, caving in and is causing more danger for motorists.

Byram Mayor Nick Tremonte said residents with questions about infrastructure improvements should attend board meetings that are held the second and fourth Thursdays, and he will be happy to provide answers.

"Work on Gary Road is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2010, and if there are delays it will be the first road on the schedule of 2011," said Tremonte.

Hinds County Public Works Director Carl Frelix said Gary Road has two projects slated, including the installation of traffic lights at the Terry and Davis Road intersections.

He said work has not been able to proceed because the ground is too wet.

"Hinds County will use federal funding to completely rebuild the road, replacing sub-grade and installing new asphalt," said Frelix.

He added that the completion date is dependent upon when federal dollars will be reallocated for the project.

That won't be soon enough for motorists like Kendrick.

"I just want something done about it," said the Lake Ridgelea subdivision resident.

According to Hinds County Public Works, the Gary Road reconstruction project will cost between $5 million to $6 million.

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