Section of Popp’s Ferry Road to close this weekend

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey Street will be closed as early as Friday at midnight and remain closed until Sunday at 8 p.m. so workers can install drainage systems as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road.

Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an alternate route. The work will actually take place between Ellington and Brentwood drives.

The closure is the first of only three closures planned for the yearlong project, which will see a four-lane boulevard created in the mile-long stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey.

The travel lanes will go from two-way traffic covering 24 feet to four lanes of traffic covering 60 feet. A five-foot sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of the new Popp’s Ferry Road, and a 10-foot sidewalk will be constructed on the south side.

Residents and business owners in the area will have a chance to hear about the widening project during a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Gulf Regional Planning Commission offices at 1635 Popp’s Ferry Road, in the construction zone actually. Those interested can stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The $6.5 million project, funded mainly with Mississippi Department of Transportation funds administered through Gulf Regional Planning Commission, is expected to be completed in about 12 months. The project was designed by the engineering firm Neel-Schaffer and is being constructed by Lane Construction.
See a map of construction zone and detour route


News and notes

Athletes with class: The Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame will induct 15 new members later this month, including the owner of the semi-pro baseball team the Biloxi Dodgers, the most outstanding athlete of Notre Dame High School’s final year and a state representative. To learn more about the Class of 2015, click here.

City Council: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will honor retiring Municipal Court Judge Eugene Henry for his years of serivce to the city in one of the presentations scheduled for the City Council meeting this evening at 6 at Biloxi City Hall. To see the meeting agenda and supporting documents, click here.

High-speed internet: Developers of new subdivisions in Biloxi will be required to install high-speed internet conduit while they are installing electric, power and Cable TV lines in a measure that will be discussed by the Biloxi Planning Commission on Thursday. To see the agendas for the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments, click here.

Infastructure update: Of the 20 projects in Biloxi’s huge infrasctucture repair and rebuilding work, eight have been completed, eight are under construction, three are to be bid and one is awaiting a notice to proceed. The dollar amounts of the projects, however, put the work in staggering context: $19.8 million in projects have been completed;  $158.6 million in work is under construction at the moment, mainly in east Biloxi, with another $111.9 million still to be bid, primarily along the beachfront and in west Biloxi. To see background on the project and a detailed report that was presented last week to the City Council last week, click here.