U.S. 90 lane closure expected to end Friday

The lane closure on U.S. 90 south of the Biloxi City Cemetery, bottlenecking some of the 41,000 vehicles that pass the site on an average day, may be ending this Friday.

This week, infrastructure workers are expected to pull a 16-inch, 750-foot lone pipe through a small tunnel that was bored 12 feet below the ground south of the cemetery and on the north side of U.S. 90, between Morrison Avenue and Azalea Drive.

For the past week or so, the northernmost lane of U.S. 90, alongside the worksite, has been closed to traffic, slowing down Keesler traffic each morning, and other westbound traffic throughout the day.

The U.S. 90 update is part of today’s Be Prepared video. Also included are scheduling updates and the latest numbers: 251 cases statewide in the past 24 hours and more than 500 over the weekend. In fact, Saturday’s statewide number — 439 new cases — was the largest number since counting began on March 11.

The Mississippi State Department of Health also reported three new cases in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, after six new cases on Saturday and one on Sunday.

On U.S. 90, the new waterline causing the traffic issue is part of the infrastructure work being done by Hemphill Construction, south of the railway, from downtown to Seashore Manor.

Work was halted at the cemetery site in April 2018 after workers discovered human remains, believed to have been interred years ago as part of the nearby Biloxi City Cemetery. Graves in the cemetery dates back as far as the 1800s and it is believed that the cemetery once was further south, but grave markers were destroyed by hurricanes and storms over the years.

Federal environmental and historic preservation authorities, engineers and contractors devised the plan to install the line 12 feet below ground, under the 10 anomalies identified by ground-penetrating radar.
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News & notes: Storm season, weekly reports, traffic

Storm season, Part 1: Yes, it’s the first day of Hurricane Season 2020. Do you know how to prepare? See the tips by clicking here.

Storm season, Part 2: BTV has an encore presentation of the popular “R U Ready?” workshop about storm preparedness. See the 85-minute-long program on BTV each day at 7:30 each morning and evening and at 1 p.m. each afternoon. To watch BTV online and see the June schedule, click here.

Weekly reports: See the latest from the city’s key departments — Police, Fire, Community Development and Engineering — by clicking here.

Traffic update: To see the status of roadwork throughout the city, along with links to traffic cams and progress videos, click here.