New walkway, ramp taking shape at Hiller Park

A new $405,000 walkway and overlook at the western entrance to Hiller Park is headed toward an October completion.

The 10-foot-wide, 1,700-foot walkway, which runs alongside a bayou at the western end of the park, is the last phase of a sidewalk project that connects Popp’s Ferry Road to Hiller Park. The project includes a retaining wall to face the bayou as well as a pedestrian bridge over a canal leading to the Hiller Park pond.

“We’re doing more and more to make our city a more walkable community,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said, “and this particular walkway, with its ADA-accessible ramp that overlooks a popular fishing spot, is a special place. It creates a safe environment for walkers, joggers and anyone using the park.”

The $405,000 cost also includes a $78,500 Tidelands grant.

Advanced Construction & Development is the contractor for the job.
See photos from the walkway construction


News and notes:

Traffic update:  Inspections of the I-110 draw bridge continue tonight with work and lane closures on the southbound, right hand lanes beginning at 8.  Lane closures, along with workers, will be in the area through 5 tomorrow morning. To see more about road closures and traffic advisories, click here.

State board appointment:  Fire Chief Joe Boney has been appointed to represent Mississippi for two years on the Executive Board of the Southeastern division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs as the as the Mississippi Director.  Boney is filling a vacancy due to the retirement of a previous board member.  To see more about the organization, click here.

Flooding relief luncheon:  Members of the Biloxi Fire Department will be taking a day trip to Tangipahoa Parish, LA Thursday to assist the local fire department in serving approximately 500 meals to residents of the parish.  This trip is part of on going efforts by the fire department and fire museum in assisting flood victims in that area.  Donations can be made through a GoFundMe account that has been set up by the fire museum.  To see the online account, click here.