Groundbreaking for new Keesler gate
Today local, state, and federal officials joined Keesler Air Force Base leaders to break ground on phase I of the new Division Street gate for Keesler Air Force Base.
Keesler and Biloxi have contemplated a new main gate for more than 15 years and Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich says this gate has been his top priority since he took office two years ago. The gate will help alleviate traffic congestion and provide an economic development corridor for the City of Biloxi.
The estimated $37 million project will also eliminate a security concern since the current gate does not meet security standards of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves said, “This is extremely important, not only for the local community, not only for Biloxi, but this is important for the state of Mississippi, but it is also important for the federal government, the safety of our men and women that are defending us overseas and coming through here at Keesler. Critically important for the safety of our nation so it was a project that was easy for me to support because it not only had local implications it also had state and federal implications as well.”
The two-and-a-half year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division Street from I-110 to Forrest Avenue.