BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After closing for repairs, the Popp’s Ferry Bridge is back open to traffic.
The bridge was closed overnight Friday and didn’t re-open until Saturday morning because the city was working on and under the bridge.
According to the City of Biloxi, contractors replaced the generator and underwater cable that power the raising and lowering of the bridge span.
“We’re hoping our local contractor, K.R. Borries, can get the work done in a few hours, but they have an eight-hour window to deal with any issues," said city engineer Christy LeBatard.
The bridge’s span will be in the raised position during most of the work, so the waterway will remain open to marine traffic.
The $1.27 million project was approved by the city council in May. The initial phases of the work involved manufacturing a generator and the power cable, which the contractor will be installing Friday night.
The latest traffic counts from Gulf Regional Planning Commission show that about 20,000 vehicles travel the Popp’s Ferry bridge on an average day. The work is being done in the evening and pre-dawn hours to minimize inconvenience to motorists.
Drivers were encouraged to make plans to find an alternate route from 10 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Saturday morning.