Many Local Bridges Finally Reopening After Ice Storm

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 1/30/2014 8:11 pm
Biloxi Police helped the Harrison County and Biloxi road crews reopen bridges in the area. Almost every city and county bridge is finally open. With the sun out today, most of the ice melted quickly and police were able to start removing barricades and direct traffic. Police were certainly needed with the heavy congestion on bridges such as I-110. Some bridges, like Popp’s Ferry, took longer to open because they required extra work by the Harrison County and Biloxi road crews. Ice-grating machines were brought in to scrape off the rest of the ice and sand build up, so that the bridge would be safer to drive on. Popp’s Ferry finally opened around 11:30 a.m. this morning, but by then, all major businesses, including Keesler, were already open and workers had to reroute their commute. John Miller, the Biloxi Police Chief, says, "It has been a long few days. People trying to get around. This bridge is used a lot, so it's really been a burden. Its a been a burden for us. Its been a burden to the citizens." Miller says drivers had to go out to the I-110 bridge or west to Highway 49. The Popp's Ferry Bridge being closed caused heavy traffic yesterday afternoon and especially this morning. It also made it dangerous for Biloxi Police and emergency responders. They worked 33 accidents over the past three days, and the bridge closings caused detours and slowed things down significantly. The following bridges were closed until today, but are now open: The Bay St. Louis and Bayou Portage bridges in Pass Christian, the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge, the Corso Bridge in D'Iberville, the Henderson Point overpass, Wilkes Bridge on Cowan Lorraine Road, and the entire stretch of the I-110 loop.
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