Biloxi River Bridge Repairs

The Biloxi River Bridge is one of the most heavily traveled bridges in Harrison County, but it’s also one of the most structurally deficient bridges in the state. Construction started in April to change that and today workers were out creating a completely new bridge for Harrison County residents.
It’s a little noisier than usual around the Biloxi River Bridge but it’s the sound of progress as construction continues on a new bridge. Now four months in, and about a quarter of the way through, things are right on schedule.
Harrison County District 5 Supervisor Connie Rockco said, “We had to do a lot of pile driving and test piling because some of the ground was not as stable as they had anticipated. They’ve gotten past that now and the weather’s doing fine, so we’re right on track.”
The current bridge is the third most traveled bridge in Harrison County, but it’s made of wood and 40 years old. It was closed briefly in 2013 because of safety concerns.  “It’s been a long time coming. I’m so excited because school buses going across that rickety bridge always scared me,” said Rockco.A ground breaking this April marked the official beginning of construction of this new bridge, a $7 million investment by the two cities it spans, Gulfport and Biloxi, as well as Harrison County.
Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel said, “What it’s going to do now, with the cooperation of the two cities and the county, is we’re going to have something that’s going to serve us well into the future. It’s going to move a growing volume of traffic efficiently and safely.”
One thing Harrison County residents asked for in the new bridge was bigger shoulders. When cars use the bridge now, it leaves little room for cyclists and pedestrians. The new bridge will feature two large shoulders, making it safer for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. “It won’t be huge, but it won’t be near the unsafe circumstances we’re in now,” said Rockco.
The county gave workers 250 working days to complete the new bridge.

Categories: Local News, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *