Cedar Lake, Brasher Road areas to see infrastructure work

Biloxi’s massive infrastructure project is coming to Cedar Lake subdivision and areas off Brasher Road next month, and residents will have a chance to hear more about the work in a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 North Bay Elementary School.
The $11.5 million project – one of the largest so far in the $355 million program – will see the replacing or rehabbing of water mains, sewer and storm drain lines, and curbs and sidewalks disrupted by construction.
The federally funded work is part of the city’s huge initiative to repair infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Already more than $50 million worth of work has been completed or is nearing completion with another $240 million pending in east Biloxi and along the front beach.
The Cedar Lake and Brasher Road area work, which covers two dozen streets, will begin in early April 2014 and is scheduled to be completed 540 days later, in early September 2015.
“This particular project covers about five square miles, but it’s in areas north and south of Interstate 10, so it’s really spread out,” said Marvin G. Dalla Rosa, program manager for HNTB, the firm overseeing the infrastructure program.
The upcoming community meeting follows a pattern where the city meets with interested residents to answer any questions about the work.
See the postcard being mailed to residents this week
Read more about the infrastructure program


News and notes

City Council agenda: The Biloxi City Council today is expected to approve contracts for Yates Construction to be named construction manager for MGM Park at Beau Rivage, and three contracts for initial site work. To read the complete agenda and supporting documents for today’s 1:30 meeting, click here.

A class act: A group of third, fourth and five grade students from Ginger Anderson’s CREATE class at Gorenflo Elementary School will be recognized by two public bodies today — the Biloxi City Council at 1:30 p.m. and the Biloxi school board at 5 p.m. — for their work in creating a Visitors Center brochure titled “A Kid’s Guide to Biloxi.” To read more about the brochure, click here.

A cover up at City Hall: Public Works crews began restoring order to the street in front of City Hall in the wake of Saturday’s St. Patrick’s parade, aka Mardi Gras Lite. To see four photos from the effort this morning, courtesy of the city’s Facebook page, click here.

Po-boy follow-up: The city’s Public Works employees, supported by a number of community-minded businesses and a po-boy-loving public, sold 430 shrimp po-boys and raised $3,104.50 Friday to help defray medical costs for Robert Gaillet, 17-year-old son of Public Works Director Dan Gaillet. The teen was seriously injured in an auto accident in November. “We’re very thankful for the support,” said Daphine Lizana of the Public Works Department. A split-the-pot raffle and bake sale raised the donation figure to $4,332.11.