Traffic signals to go operational Thursday

Five more intersections in Biloxi – four on Back Bay Boulevard and one on Main Street – will have fully operational traffic signals Thursday, the city’s Public Works Department has announced.

Signals on Back Bay Boulevard at Lee, Holley, Crawford and Oak streets are now in the flashing mode and will be fully operational Thursday. The signal at the Main Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is also in the flashing mode and will be fully operational Thursday.

The restoration of the storm-destroyed signals is part of the city’s multi-million-dollar project to repair or restore traffic signals, street signs, sidewalks and curbing throughout Biloxi. The city’s cost is being reimbursed by FEMA, MEMA and the Federal Highway Administration. The city had nearly 70 signalized intersections before Hurricane Katrina.

Cedar Lake Bridge detour set for Friday, Saturday

Motorists who normally travel the Cedar Lake Bridge will have to use Highway 67 or Highway 15 Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while city Public Works crews install a new control house on the bridge.

Workers will have heavy machinery on the bridge both days, requiring the closing of the bridge.

“Early morning and late afternoon traffic will be OK both days,” said John Wilson of the Public Works Department, “and we’re going to try to finish the work as quickly as we can.”

Detour signs will be posted at the bridge entrances and at both ends of Cedar Lake Road. About 5,100 vehicles traveled the Cedar Lake Bridge on an average day in 2005, according to Gulf Regional Planning Commission traffic counts.