U.S. 90 asphalt work completes Week 1

“It’s going real well so far,” Joel Moody of Warren Paving said today of Week 1 of paving work on U.S. 90 in Biloxi. “We’re exceeding our baseline production, almost doubling it in fact.”

Moody, however, knows more labor-intensive work is ahead, especially from I-110 to the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which will begin in a few weeks.

“We essentially have the project in two parts, from DeBuys Road to the White House, and from the Beau Rivage to Point Cadet. Right now, we’re installing a leveling course of asphalt from DeBuys Road to the White House, and we’re making that loop.

“The next section, which needs to be milled, will be from I-110 to the Biloxi Bay Bridge.” The milling, which involves removing a layer of existing asphalt, will begin in a few weeks and will require more time than the areas between DeBuys Road and White Avenue, which were milled sparingly.

Moody also said the U.S. 90 work would continue to take place each Sunday through Thursday night, avoiding peak daytime traffic, through the length of the MDOT project, which is supposed to end in November.

Biloxi Police, meantime, report no major traffic tie ups with the intermittent nighttime lane closures.

Said Moody: “That’s a testament to the hard-working and efficient crews that we have out there, plain and simple.”
See background on the U.S. 90 work

Council to hold budget session Monday

The City Council, winding down the process to draft a 2020 spending plan, will conduct another in a series of budget meetings Monday at 1:30 at City Hall.

During the session, which is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will work to draft a 2020 budget, a blueprint that guides city operations and major improvement projects for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and running through Sept. 30, 2020. The budget is expected to be in place in the next several weeks.
See lineup of budget videos and the current numbers

Biloxi Shuckers have 2020 vision

The Southern League this week announced its 2020 minor league baseball schedule, and the Shuckers are already touting their 70-game home slate.

The Shuckers, who return home next week to host the Mobile Bay Bears, have a 140-game Southern League schedule in 2020, and the season’s home lineup includes 10 Friday games, 12 Saturday games and 13 Sunday games.
See the highlights of the 2020 season
See the latest Shuckers news

News & notes: Weekend lineup, signups, podcast, BTV

Weekend preview: Among the headliners in town this weekend are Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Lil Duval, Jake Owen and Johnny Gill, and there will be fisticuffs at the Coast Coliseum. To see the weekend lineup, click here.

Football and cheerleaders: The Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday morning conducts registration for its football and cheerleading programs. To learn more, click here.

Point splash pad: The splash pad at Point Cadet Plaza will be closed Saturday so city contractors can install new rubberized surface. The splash pad will open sometime next week.

Podcast: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich discusses the municipal budget talks, downtown development, the Saenger Theatre and other issues in the City Desk podcast. To hear this week’s 10-minute program, click here.

BTV: BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s nine-day old government TV channel, is now streaming its programming on the city website. To see the stream and scheduling information, click here.