Oak Street paving set to begin Friday

Great news for businesses and residents on Oak Street: Workers with Oscar Renda Contracting are hoping to have all of Oak Street north of the CSX Railway paved in the next several days.

Contractors are preparing the surface for paving today and Thursday, and plan to begin applying asphalt on Friday. The work is expected to be completed in two to three days.

“This is certainly great progress for those who live on Oak Street,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “This particular site at Oak Street required contractors to install a huge sewer line 23-feet below ground, which is one of the deepest cuts they have to make in this entire project. The instability and moisture of the soil required special safety measures be taken to avoid cave-ins. And the rainfall that we’ve seen in the past several weeks and months exacerbated the situation of working 23 feet below ground, but the big story is that we are days away from permanent asphalt going down.”
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New and notes

Biloxi’s Mother of the Year: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich proclaimed today as “Amiee Gautreaux Day” (say “ah-ME go-throw” day) in honor of the Biloxi mother of six being named the city’s Mother of the Year during a Lions Club luncheon. To see photos from the affair, click here.

City Council meeting: Representatives of Oscar Renda Contracting appeared before the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday to update councilmembers on infrastructure work in east Biloxi. To see photos from the meeting, click here.

First Friday: Main Street’s downtown series, First Friday,¬†continues Friday, May 6¬†from 6 to 9 p.m.¬† in the Biloxi Art District of Rue Magnolia and Water Streets with live entertainment, artwork and giveaways.¬† Details: 228-435-6339.

Auction reminder: The city will auction more than 500 surplus or seized items on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the city impound yard on Popp’s Ferry Road. Admission is $10; only those 18 and older admitted. To see an online listing, including photos, click here.