Street lighting work to begin; other news and notes

Storm-damaged street lights on nearly a dozen major roadways should be replaced or repaired over the next 180 days as part of a million dollars worth of FEMA-funded work that will begin in January.

The city has awarded B&B Electrical Contractors two separate contracts, one for $770,000 and one for $147,000, for lighting improvements on such major thoroughfares as Pass Road, Beach Boulevard, Bayview Avenue, several downtown streets, and the area under Interstate 110 through downtown Biloxi.

The first contract, for $147,000 and running from Jan. 4 to June 3, will involve repairing street lights on:

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from Reynoir Street to Howard Avenue

— Esters Boulevard, from Main Street to Reynoir Street

— Main Street, from Beach Boulevard to Esters Boulevard

— Lameuse Street, from Beach Boulevard to Water Street

— Reynoir Street, from Beach Boulevard to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

— Caillavet Street, from Beach Boulevard to Nativity Drive.

— Pass Road, from Stennis Drive to Debuys Road

The second contract is for $770,000, runs from Jan. 4 to July 3, and covers lighting in the areas of:

— Beach Boulevard, from Oak Street to Myrtle Street

— Beach Boulevard, sidewalk lighting from Porter Avenue to Iberville Drive

— Bayview Avenue, from Main Street to Caillavet Street.

— Lighting under Interstate 10 overpass.

White House fountain: Contractor J.O. Collins will have 105 days – from Dec. 16 to March 30 – to complete a $113,000 restoration of the White House fountain on U.S. 90 near White Avenue.

News and notes

Weather update: The National Weather Service has continued flood warnings for the Biloxi and Wolf rivers. The Biloxi is at 12.46 feet this afternoon, and is expected to crest this evening at 14 feet, two feet about flood stage. The Wolf River, meanwhile, is now at 7.87 feet and forecast to crest Saturday at 9.5 feet, a foot and a half above flood stage. To see the current forecast and weather data, click here.

Weekend preview: The parade of holiday events continues, with Natalie Cole singing holiday tunes at the Beau, “The Nutcracker” at the Saenger, and a Motown Christmas at the Coast Coliseum. For details on these events and others, click here. Tonight, incidentally, the 10-0 Biloxi High basketball squad, the reigning state champs, hosts Gulfport at 7:30. A girls game begins at 6 p.m.

Council Preview 1: The Biloxi City Council will conduct a special meeting on Monday at 10:30 to discuss proposed updates to the city’s building code. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in the auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building on MLK Boulevard in downtown Biloxi. To see the agenda, click here.

Council Preview 2: Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday plans to recognize a trio of Biloxi firefighters who were involved in saving two lives in separate incidents within a week this month. To see the agenda for the City Council meeting, click here.