City to seeks bids for Brodie Road project; other news and notes

The City of Biloxi on Thursday will begin advertising for contractors interested in a major project to improve Brodie Road in north Biloxi.

Bids are due April 8 for a project to three-lane Brodie Road from Cedar Lake Road to Destiny Plantation, where the new Brodie Road will transition to two lanes to tie into the existing two lanes at Lamey Road, the city boundary with D’Iberville.

The project — which includes a wider roadway, new water, sewer and drainage lines and new curbing — has a budget of $3.5 million.

Council receives briefing on Restore Biloxi progress

HNTB, the firm the city hired to oversee the $355 million in pending infrastucture work in Biloxi, announced plans to move forward with approvals of contracts for several areas in north and west Biloxi.

The firm, which briefed council members this morning on the status of the project, said 17 local engineering firms have been identified to begin design work for water, sewer and drainage systems and plans were to ask for council approval to begin design work at the council’s March 17 meeting.

The first three areas will include:

Area 1: Eagle Point area roads

Area 2: Cedar Lake subdivision, Monie Vista and Holly Hills, Valerie Drive, Bayside Drive, Savannah Estates and Destiny Plantation; and

Area 3: Channel Mark, Big Lake Road,
Melissa Drive, Rodenberg Avenue and Hollywood Hills streets.

Engineers said actual construction could begin on some roadways as soon as five months from once design contracts are approved.

In all more than 100 miles of streets will be involved in the project and will include installation of new water and sewer lines, new drainage, curbing and sidewalks.

To read the highlights of the presentation, including timelines, selection criteria and proposed engineering firms, click here.

To see the Restore Biloxi web site, with interactive maps and background information, click here.

Council overrides veto, approves nearly $1 million in Ward 2 projects

The City Council this afternoon unanimously approved more than $100,000 for a canvas overhang in a Division Street park that Mayor A.J. Holloway said already had four shade structures and minimal visitors, and councilmembers also identified nearly a million dollars worth of specific projects that would be funded in Ward 2.

Last week, the mayor had vetoed a resolution for the canvas structure in John Henry Beck Park and noted in his veto message that the council-approved budget set aside $1 million for Ward 2, a move that was contrary to an Attorney General’s opinion that said the budget should specifically identify projects and not set aside funds by ward.

Among the nearly $1 million in Ward 2 projects identified by the council this afternoon: $100,000, Moore Community House; $350,000, Ward 2 parks; $450,000, Ward 2 streets and landscaping; $38,488, Ward 2 street lighting; and $50,000, Ward 2 security cameras.