MDOT to begin I-110 bridge work; other news and notes

The Mississippi Department of Transportation in January will begin a major rehab of the draw of the I-110 highrise bridge, which will impact vehicular and marine traffic.

The $4.1 million project, which was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction Co. of New Orleans, will begin in January and is expected to be completed in June.

The project will replace the stringers and steel grid decking of the nearly 40-year-old bridge. First phase of the project will involve the removal of the existing median barrier, which must be conducted before replacing the structural steel. While all four travel lanes will remain open during this first phase, travel lanes will narrow and shift before reaching the construction zone.

Traffic slowdowns and intermittent lane closures are expected as the work progresses.

No wide loads will be permitted on the I-110 bridge throughout the construction project, and marine traffic will be restricted. MDOT is send notices to area marinas, seafood processors, and to vessel owners who have used the drawbridge in the past two years.

MDOT urges the public to reduce speed and use extreme caution in work zones.

U.S. 90 lighting work: MDOT District 6 Engineer Kelly Castleberry reports that new lighting will be installed on U.S. 90 between Porter Avenue and Caillavet Street by May 31. B&B Utility Contractors has been awarded a $165,000 contract to do the work. Once the new lights are installed and operational, maintenance will be turned over to the City of Biloxi, which is responsible for all other lighting on U.S. 90 in Biloxi.

News and notes

Weekend preview: To see this weekend’s entertainment lineup, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Municipal holidays: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Friday and Monday for the Christmas holidays, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 for New Year’s Day holiday.

Webcast: The weekly City Desk webcast is on hiatus until Jan. 6. However, an archive of previous programs — with guests Britton Jones of Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (Dec. 16), Delmar P. Robinson of the Biloxi Housing Authority (Dec. 9), Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond (Dec. 3) and Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale (Nov. 18) — can be heard by clicking here.