By WLOX Staff
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Repair work on the Popp's Ferry Bridge could be finished as early as Saturday. That's according to Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown, who visited the work site Friday morning.
"As pleased as we are with the progress, everyone is making sure that the bridge work continues to be done in a safe manner," Holloway said. "The contractor has done an excellent job in meeting our schedule and doing quality work. And MDOT certainly moved things along by having an accelerated advertising schedule and ordering the materials before the contract was even awarded."
Crews from Joe McGee Construction Company have worked 12-hour shifts since April 11 to replace two 90-foot sections of the bridge that were knocked out by a barge collision on March 20. The company has an April 28 deadline to open the bridge and faces a $75,000 per day bonus or penalty on the $2 million contract.
Drivers will also notice a smoother ride just south of the bridge. City work crews just finished re-paving and re-striping Popp's Ferry Road south of the bridge to Pass Road. The city also applied new striping on the bridge north of the span.
"Three of the five lanes on Pass Road will be re-paved when the bridge opens, and the good news is that all lanes will be open for traffic," Holloway said.