Point Cadet Fishing Bridge to go LED

All 91 lights on the 4,700-foot long Point Cadet Fishing Bridge are being replaced with sturdier, more weather-resistant LED lights.

In fact, the manufacturer of the fixtures is now designing mounting brackets specifically for the bridge, which is a popular daytime and nighttime fishing spot.

“This pier is probably the most-used and most popular pier on the Gulf Coast,” said Larry Sablich whose Port Division oversees the city’s public piers, harbors and marina. “The big appeal of the Point Cadet pier is that you can drive up on it. It’s well-used and well worth everything the city had to do after Katrina to build it back.”

And the repair of the lights, Sablich said, will be welcome news to those who fish off the pier. “Fishermen know the importance of those lights and we apologize that it’s taken this long for comprehensive repairs. These lights light up that whole area, and good fishermen know that the lights attract the bait fish, which attract the big fish. I know our Engineering Department will get those lights up and running as soon as possible.”

Weaver Electric has been awarded a $166,000 contract to install the new mounting brackets and light-emitting diodes, more commonly known as LEDs. The city’s Engineering Department will issue a notice to proceed once the specially fitted brackets arrive.

The city had dedicated the FEMA-funded $9 million concrete pier in 2013 after the original structure, which was part of U.S. 90 and once connected Biloxi and Ocean Springs, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The pier, tucked between the Palace Casino and the resort’s parking garage, features two 11-foot vehicle lanes bordered by two five-foot, ADA-accessible sidewalks; and vehicle turnarounds at the halfway point and at the end of the bridge.
Gallery: Point Cadet Fishing Bridge, Katrina and beyond

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