Really! Oak Street all paved north of CSX

“I am so thankful that I had loyal customers who have been making their way through all this since August,” says Sue Nguyen-Torjusen of Le Bakery, as she watched paving crews apply the long-anticipated permanent paving outside her bakery on Oak Street this morning.

“And now, the great news is that we have pavement, finally, north of Oak Street,” says Nguyen-Torjusen, whose bakery’s savory treats were touted today by

The paving was also welcome news for residents and a number of other nearby businesses: MGN Convenience Store at Division and Oak, and Biloxi Lugger restaurant off Eighth Street.

The biggest challenges on Oak for contractor Oscar Renda were having to install pipes as deep as 25 feet in some areas in moist soil, which was susceptible to cave ins. The Oak Street work represents some of the deepest cuts in the entire citywide infrastructure work.

Oscar Renda now hopes to begin paving on Division Street in the next week to 10 days and hopes to have reached Crawford Street within six weeks.
See photos of the paving