City Moving Forward with Popp's Ferry Plans, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi   8/29/18   GCN

The city is sending letters to about three dozen property owners in the route of the extension of Popp's Ferry Road to U.S. 90 letting them know that the process is beginning for the city to buy their property.

City Engineer Christy LeBatard said the letters will be mailed in the next couple of weeks and property acquisition is expected to continue for the next year.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has reviewed the city's plans for the extending of Popp's Ferry to U.S. 90, and MDOT has authorized the city to move forward with acquiring property for the four-lane roadway that will cover eight-tenths of a mile.

Make no mistake, the project is still years away, but work is progressing.

     (GCN file photo:   Popps Ferry Bridge Right)

"Some people will disagree with me on this," says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard, "but the extension of Popp's Ferry Road to U.S. 90 is the most important economic development project we're working on right now.

"I realize that we have major work in east Biloxi right now and that we have almost a half a billion in public projects in the works, but the businesses in west Biloxi have heard about this Popp's Ferry extension for years now, and they need to know we are working on it."

See a Q&A on the project and the route

New Popp's Ferry bridge remains years away

It's still too early to tell when it might happen, but work continues on the drive to construct a new highrise, four-lane bridge to replace the current Popp's Ferry Bridge.

In fact, the city years ago began seeking funding to launch the process to replace the aging bridge with a taller, fixed span bridge able to accommodate four lanes of traffic and a walking path. In fact, the new bridge would resemble the Biloxi Bay Bridge.

That's good news to the 20,000 motorists who travel Popp's Ferry Road on a typical day, and engineers from Brown Mitchell & Alexander have even created new renderings of the proposed bridge.

See a Q&A on the project and renderings

News & notes: Meeting video & photos, Cable One, special meeting

Video: The gurus from the city's Information Systems Division were successful in improving audio for the Facebook Live broadcasts of City Council meetings. To see the latest meeting, an hourlong session held Tuesday, click here.

Photos: To see a gallery of photos from the City Council meeting on Tuesday, click here.

Cable One: Biloxi subscribers to Cable One can see a host of programming commemorating hurricanes Camille and Katrina now through Thursday on Cable Channel 69. By the way, Cable One is also working on a special filmed at the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Budget: The Biloxi City Council will discuss the municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2019 during a special meeting on Friday at 3:30 p.m. To see the agenda, click here.

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