Biloxi mayor: New bridge now more important than ever

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway's decade long push for a new Popp's Ferry Bridge takes on new urgency with Friday's collision.

According to city estimates, 20,000 vehicles travel the Popp's Ferry Bridge each day. It also opens about ten times a day for marine traffic.

In 2003 and 2004, the city of Biloxi made more than $27 million in improvements to the Popp's Ferry Bridge to accommodate traffic when Popp's Ferry Road was widened.

Even before Katrina, Holloway began working to secure funds for a new bridge traveling to Washington, D.C. to lobby for funds for an environmental assessment, which is required to identify the best solution for replacing the bridge.

The idea of a new bridge has been controversial. Residents in neighborhoods near the bridge have protested, fearing a wider bridge would bring too much traffic to the area.

Last November, the city released a report on a new bridge that stated it would cost $76.5 million and require 69 homes to be relocated.

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