Pass Road work, thankfully, pushed back to tonight

Motorists who travel near the busy Pass Road and Popp’s Ferry Road intersection got a break this morning when Biloxi Public Works crews postponed street work because the project would have caused too much disruption to traffic.

The repair of a leaking water main, however, will begin this evening at 9 o’clock and is expected to take several hours. No interruptions in water service are expected.

“We have discovered that there’s just no way to do it without closing both eastbound lanes of traffic just west of the Pass Road and Popp’s Ferry intersection,” Public Works Director Richard Sullivan said. “Closing both of those lanes would have caused too much congestion for that busy intersection and all of the nearby businesses. The nighttime traffic volume decreases significantly at that location, so the inconvenience shouldn’t be as bad.”

Pressure from the water leak has dislodged a six-inch patch of asphalt in the center of the eastbound lanes, immediately in front of Yuki’s Restaurant. Sullivan believes one of two mains — either an 8-inch or 16-inch line — is broken. A fire hydrant is also nearby. The leak does not present a traffic hazard, but the asphalt will continue to deteriorate if the leak is left unrepaired.

Motorists are asked to use caution when approaching the work area.

Breakfast with the Mayor: Story and photos

Mayor A.J. Holloway discussed an array of city issues this morning during the “Breakfast with the Mayor” session at The Innovation Center on Popp’s Ferry Road.

Among the topics: The just-passed city budget, outstanding debt from Hurricane Katrina, and several city projects.

The text: To see the prepared text from this morning’s presentation,
click here.

The pictures: To see more than 70 images from the gathering, click here.