Pass Road improvement project to begin Sunday night

City contractors on Sunday night are scheduled to begin re-surfacing Pass Road, beginning with the removal of existing asphalt near DeBuys Road, the western end of Biloxi, and working eastward.

Contractors will work at nighttime to minimize the impact on traffic, and are expected to be completed in several weeks.

The contractor, Warren Paving, earlier this week installed roadside message boards and aired TV commercials advising motorists of the pending road improvements.

“Under the plan, they’ll be milling, which is removing the existing top layer of asphalt on the southernmost of the five lanes,” said City Engineer Damon Torricelli. “Then, they’ll come back and begin milling the adjacent lane while at the same time be applying asphalt to the lane that was previously milled. It’s a process that the contactor has successfully used on several other major re-paying jobs like this.”

Torricelli said the paving work – which covers the entire stretch of Pass Road all the way to Keesler Air Force Base – will be broken into two phases, from DeBuys Road to Jim Money, and from Jim Money to Keesler.

The Pass Road re-paving is part of a $2.58 million project that has included the re-surfacing of Irish Hill and the part of Popp’s Ferry Road between the Popp’s Ferry bridge and Pass Road.

More online: For an overall look at current roadwork through the city, click here.

News and notes

MDOT ceremony: Fourth District Congressman Gene Taylor will be the keynote speaker for a Town Green ceremony this afternoon at 2 when MDOT will formally mark the reconstruction of U.S. 90. For background on MDOT’s accomplishments and continuing work in Biloxi, as included in the State of the City report, click here.


Beautification loss: Friends of the late Lynn Mclean (right) and members of the Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation will gather Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. in Hiller Park in honor of Mclean, who died March 27. Mclean’s family requests memorial donations may be made to the Lynn McLean Memorial/MS Renaissance Garden Foundation, 2474 Provence Place, Biloxi, MS 39531. For details, e-mail: For more information about the Renaissance Garden initiative, its programs and its plans at Hiller Park, click here.

Clean and green: The City of Biloxi is encouraging businesses, individuals and groups to get involved in the upcoming Great American Clean-up and Earth Day observances next week. A clean-up of city neighborhoods is being planned for next Saturday. To see how you or your business or group can participate, click here.