Inauguration set for 5:30 this afternoon

Musical selections from the group Ame’ and vocalist Cheryl Thompson are included on the program for this afternoon’s Inauguration Ceremony at the Saenger Theatre for the Performing Arts, where recently elected city leaders will be sworn in for their new terms of office.

The 5:30 p.m. program, which will be emceed by Reed Guice, will involve local ministers, Boy Scouts and an honor guard representing the Biloxi Police and Fire departments.

Circuit Court Judge Kosta Vlahos and retired County Court Judge Daniel D. “Danny” Guice, a former Biloxi mayor, will administer the oath of office to individual councilmembers, while Senior U.S. District Judge Dan M. Russell Jr. will mark his fourth occasion to administer the mayor’s oath to Holloway.

An inaugural reception will be held on the Town Green after the ceremony, with Coast Transit providing continuous shuttle service between the two locations.

To see the program for the public ceremony, click here.

Cedar Lake Bridge re-opens to limited traffic

The Cedar Lake Bridge re-opened to limited traffic this morning at 9,  but motorists are advised that 18-wheelers and other heavy commercial vehicles won’t be allowed to use the bridge until repair work is completed, which could be another 60 days.

Over the past month, contactors closed the bridge to sandblast support beams “to fully expose deterioration,” said project manager J.W. Ford, “and over the next several weeks workers will be hanging new steel support beams under the bridge.”

Intermittent lane closures may be required during the work.

Heavy commercial vehicles – 18-wheelers and buses, for instances — must detour around the bridge, using the Cedar Lake exit off I-10 to access areas south of the bridge, or Old Highway 67 to access areas north of the bridge.

About 4,800 vehicles use the Cedar Lake Bridge on an average day, according to the latest traffic counts from Gulf Regional Planning Commission.