The City of Biloxi has more than $11 million in current upgrade, repair and development projects uderway that are visible to the public. The following list of projects are noted since they can interfere with traffic flow, pedestrian safety and the safety of our children.
Street repairs in the Bent Oaks subdivision, repairs at the Lighthouse Fishing Dock on Back Bay, installtion of sewer lines in Woolmarket, upgrades of roofing at three fire stations and refurbishing five water storage tanks are all ongoing at this time.
- On Causeway Road, the waterside thoroughfare west of the Popp’s Ferry bridge, will be closed to traffic for 90 days beginning Monday so construction can begin on a concrete promenade that will shore up the roadside and provide better access to the waterfront. The closing of the narrow roadway, which will allow contractors to safely use heavy earth-moving equipment means the Popp’s Ferry boat launch will be inaccessible.
- At the Popp’s Ferry causeway, promenade work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December. Active construction of an 11-foot-wide concrete promenade that will run 1,400-foot, between the small bridge on the causeway roadway and the boat ramps is under way. The promenade will be lit for nighttime fishing and will offer benches for viewing sunsets.
- On the east side of the causeway park, in the area that overlooks the saltwater marsh, work has begun to repair a 400 foot section of boardwalk that loops over the marsh and is expected to be completed in 60 days.
- In the Bent Oaks subdivision in west Biloxi, repairs are being made to Point Clear and Bent Oaks Boulevards and Mauvilla Cove.
- At the Lighthouse Fishing Dock, which is at the north end of Lee Street, contractors are installing a new bulkhead, utilities and piers.
- In Woolmarket, the installation of new sewer lines is ongoing to serve residents in areas of Landing Court, Scenic River, Parker Circle, River Estates Circle, Parker’s Creek Road, North Oaklawn Road, Thomas Road, Husley Road and a segment of Woolmarket Road.
- Improvements also are underway at three fire stations in Biloxi. Work has begun to install new wind resistant metal roofs at stations on Veterans Avenue, Pass Road and adjoining the Margaret Sherry Library on Popp’s Ferry Road. The work is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2012.
- Elevated water tanks near the fire stations at Pass Road and at the Margaret Sherry library also are being repaired and repainted. Other tanks being upgraded are at Kuhn Street and the ground-level tanks at Irish Hill Drive and Greater Avenue.
Again, the City Hall urges your patience and regard for safety in and around the construction areas.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, knotmove.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast Restoration Region, Gulf Coast Political Buzz and press pool reporter for the British Petroleum Recovery Program.
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