In east Biloxi, fresh asphalt leads to speeding

It happens on every street and drainage project that the city has ever done, now it’s happening in east Biloxi: With more and more streets being paved, more and more motorists are speeding through construction zones.

For the record, the speed limit in the 55 miles of construction zone in east Biloxi is 15 mph.

‘We have 175 people working on the project, and sometimes cars just come racing by,” said Jennifer Matranga of Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm working on the massive infrastructure project.

“People can see the progress we’re making, with huge areas of Division Street and connecting streets now paved, and sidewalks going down on neighborhood streets, which means we’ll have more pedestrians out enjoying the beautiful weather.

“All we’re asking is for continued patience, and while you’re out enjoying the fresh asphalt, please remember we still have a ways to go and we have construction workers out there. Please drive safely and slowly.”
See the latest video of progress


News and notes: Parade today, podcasting at City Hall 

Homecoming parade is today: The Biloxi Public Schools homecoming parade rolls through downtown Biloxi today at 5 p.m.  The parade, consisting of 20 units, will head south on Caillavet Street, east on Howard Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, south on Lameuse Street and end at the Biloxi Town Green, where a prep rally will take place. To see a map of the route, click here.

Cemetery tour preview: Local historian Jane Shambra gives you a preview of the annual cemetery tour in this week’s City Desk podcast, which was recorded today at City Hall. Also on the program: Hear about Biloxi through the words of a trio touring City Hall today. To listen to the program, click here.