BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The faltering national economy has helped prompt two dozen contractors to submit bids on the City of Biloxi's continuing water and sewer work on Highway 67 in the Woolmarket community.
This week, the city accepted bids from 24 contractors interested in a city project to install water and sewer lines on Highway 67, from Interstate 10 a mile north to Stewart Drive. "No doubt about it, a lot of these people are looking for more work," said City Engineer Damon Torricelli.
"Since we went out for bids a month ago, we'd had more than 50 contractors and suppliers check out a set of the plans to review, and 24 of them ended up turning in bids," Torricelli said.
The city is currently reviewing the bids - prices range from $1.6 million to $2.77 million - and plans to award a contract for the nine-month project after reviews of the bids are complete. The water and sewer work on Highway 67 will be a continuation of the water and sewer work now underway on Oaklawn Road. "The Oaklawn Road work is providing city water and sewer to businesses and residences south of I-10," Torricelli said, "and this new work will bring it further north."