Groundbreaking for pedestrian bridge project in Gulfport
Gulfport officials and architects broke ground on a major infrastructure project that will take place over Highway 90 connecting Jones Park to the Mississippi Aquarium.
What started off as an idea roughly eight years ago has come to life as pedestrians will now have a safer way of crossing Highway 90. CTA Board President Michael Strojny said, “It’s a project that’s really going to create a lot of economic growth in this area. Watch out for that. It’s just a wonderful project.”
City officials scooped dirt to break the grounds on a bike, tram, and pedestrian bridge overpass that will originate at the Mississippi Aquarium and CTA Transit Center on the north side of the highway and connect to Jones Park and the harbor on the south side. David J. Hardy with Eley Guild Hardy Architects said, “On a day-to-day basis, folks will be able to walk over the tram bridge into the harbor and it really adds to the sense of place of Downtown Gulfport as a great place to live and work.”
Due to supply chain issues, the cost doubled, totaling to $18.7 million to fund the project. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “The monies, it’s been federal, state, and city monies to make this happen which is a really good example and indication of the partnership that we have developed, the relationships that we have.”
The overpass will have a futuristic look to coincide with the glass rail system at the aquarium. “All the components of the construction take into account using either stainless steel or non-metallic construction to fight corrosion.”
The overpass is expected to be finished with the next two years.