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New lighting coming to Biloxi streets


By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Some Biloxi roads are about to get a lot brighter. On Wednesday, crews began installing the first of hundreds of new street lights. The federal government is picking up the $920,000 tab.

Andrew Hockenberry enjoys walking through his East Biloxi neighborhood, but admits a night stroll underneath the Interstate 110 overpass can be intimidating.

"It's a little dark and scary sometimes," said Hockenberry. "It's okay if you have somebody with you, but when you're alone you hear different sounds like the dogs. You don't know who is coming out and things like that. It gets a little scary."

The lights near the overpass have been broken since Hurricane Katrina came through in 2005. Now, Biloxi officials say that's about to change.

"One of the biggest things here is safety," City Spokesperson Vincent Creel said. "It's going to do a lot to increase the safety of not only the motoring public, but pedestrians as well in the areas underneath the I-110 through downtown Biloxi, on downtown streets, as well as on Beach Boulevard in West Biloxi. "

Biloxi officials said about 600 new lights will be installed in 11 areas of the city, including Pass Road from Fernwood Road to Stennis Drive.

"Ironically, the work leading up to this project has taken more time than it's going to take for the actual construction," said Creel. "It's actually been years in the making. Doing the inventory of what we had and where we had it and the construction itself is going to be finished by July."

Biloxi city officials ask that motorists drive with caution in areas where they see crews installing lights. Drivers should also expect periodic lane closures during the 100 day project.

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