Blowing sand blamed for damaging beach pavement - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Blowing sand blamed for damaging beach pavement

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The walk along the newly-built concrete pavement is nice and smooth.  Then all of a sudden, you run into a big bump.

"We do have some issues, specifically the island portion of that pavement, especially in Pass Christian right now," said MDOT Engineer Kelly Castleberry.

The state Transportation Department built the pedestrian pathway along the beach last year.  It was part of the Highway 90 reconstruction project.  Now, seven sections, between the Pass Christian Harbor and the Long Beach line, have cracked and buckled.  Castleberry points to the searing sun and blowing sand as the culprits.   

"Of course, we had some strong winds this year for about seven weeks and the sand blew in," said Castleberry. "Unfortunately at that time, the temperature was cooler than it is now and the sand got in those contraction joints."

Castleberry said the expansion joints allow the concrete to expand and contract, depending on the weather.  But lately, too much sand got lodged in those joints.

"As the temperature increases like it is now, that concrete's got to have a way to expand.  And the only way to expand right now is to buckle," he said.

MDOT has hired a contractor to replace the damaged concrete.

"We're going to come in with some more expansion material, make a little bit larger expansion joint, and repour those sections," said Castleberry.  "It does cost money.  It's going to cost a few thousand dollars to do this."

"It is a matter of safety," he added. "Of course people are using it as a sidewalk, and they're encouraged to do so.  And we want to make it level and smooth and make it safe for people to traverse along the coast.

Castleberry said don't be more surprised if more crumpled pavement pops up this summer.

"As the temperature stays hot like this, especially as we approach the 100 degree century mark, we may see others that will appear," he said.

The contractor will start the repairs in about two weeks. The work should only take a couple of days.

@2009 WLOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Harrison County coroner will pay $110,000 as part of settlement

    Harrison County coroner will pay $110,000 as part of settlement

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:59:34 GMT
    (Source: File)(Source: File)

    Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove will pay $110,000 after a settlement was reached in a lawsuit alleging discrimination. That's according to county attorney Tim Holleman. 

    More >>

    Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove will pay $110,000 after a settlement was reached in a lawsuit alleging discrimination. That's according to county attorney Tim Holleman. 

    More >>
  • It'll be a soggy Sunday across the coast

    It'll be a soggy Sunday across the coast

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:29:55 GMT

    The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking another storm system that will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday.

    More >>

    The WLOX First Alert Weather team is tracking another storm system that will bring the chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday.

    More >>
  • Kids race across the finish line in annual Soap Box Derby

    Kids race across the finish line in annual Soap Box Derby

    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:52 AM EDT2018-04-22 11:52:55 GMT
    More than 40 kids participated in this year's Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby in Moss Point Saturday. (Source: WLOX)More than 40 kids participated in this year's Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby in Moss Point Saturday. (Source: WLOX)
    More than 40 kids participated in this year's Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby in Moss Point Saturday. (Source: WLOX)More than 40 kids participated in this year's Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby in Moss Point Saturday. (Source: WLOX)

    Clear skies greeted families Saturday in Moss Point at the 26th annual Deborah Washington Soap Box Derby after the event had to be postponed due to torrential storms last week. 

    More >>

    Clear skies greeted families Saturday in Moss Point at the 26th annual Deborah Washington Soap Box Derby after the event had to be postponed due to torrential storms last week. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    4 dead, 4 injured in Waffle House shooting

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:16:37 GMT
    Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)Travis Reinking (Courtesy: Metro Police)

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>

    Four people were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch. A white man wearing nothing a green jacket went into the restaurant and started firing a gun resembling an AR-15. Police are still searching for him. 

    More >>
  • Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Woman loses home at auction to former attorney

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:11 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:11:04 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:23:15 GMT
    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney. (Source: KPLR/CNN)

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>

    Sawyers watched her Florissant, MO, home go to auction Thursday. The highest bidder was her former attorney.

    More >>
  • 4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    4 dead in Nashville Waffle House shooting; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-04-22 16:19:25 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly