Long-Awaited Bridge To Open Soon - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/18/04

Long-Awaited Bridge To Open Soon

We caught up with a teacher at Delisle Elementary School, who says the easy access courtesy of the Bayou Portage bridge has definitely been missed for the past 17 months.

"I live on the other end of Henderson, so it would be much easier for me to just drive straight down Henderson and come to school. But I have to go all the way around. So that's causing extra gas money and gas mileage on my car also," said Delisle Elementary Teacher Assistant Jennifer Cooper.

The extra money and mileage is spent on being redirected from Henderson Avenue to North Street to Menge Avenue.

The school's principal, Meredith Bang, says even though the detour is a bit out of the way, it's really not that bad.

"It actually has not created as many problems as we had possibly anticipated. We were concerned that it would cause us to pick children up earlier than what we normally do. But with team work within our district and flexibility within scheduling and bus drivers, we've been able to compensate for the time in a reasonable manner," said Bang.

We found construction crew members pouring concrete and gearing up to place guard rails on the new five million dollar, long overdue bridge.

And despite what seems like a never-ending inconvenience, there is a ray of sunshine.

"On my first detour, the first day approximately a year ago or a year and a half ago, that I did detour, I noticed a rose garden on Menge that I had never seen before and I think they say that happiness really is finding joy along detours. So I believe that there's something to that," said Bang.

Again, the bridge is scheduled to open in May.

In July 2002, Harrison County officials said a new bridge was needed after workers noticed some unusual noises while raising the drawbridge.

By Karla Redditte

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Shooting out Hard Rock casino leaves man injured

    Shooting out Hard Rock casino leaves man injured

    Sunday, September 24 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-09-24 12:01:26 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)
    Police are investigating a shooting that happened early this morning at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. Authorities say the incident took place in the casino's parking garage. Police say they responded to a call involving four gunshots. When they arrived, they found the victim - an unidentified man - with an injury to his face. Officers say it was not a serious injury and that the man was treated on the scene by paramedics.  The man reportedly told officers that there was an alterc...More >>
    Police are investigating a shooting that happened early this morning at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. Authorities say the incident took place in the casino's parking garage. Police say they responded to a call involving four gunshots. When they arrived, they found the victim - an unidentified man - with an injury to his face. Officers say it was not a serious injury and that the man was treated on the scene by paramedics.  The man reportedly told officers that there was an alterc...More >>
  • Robin Roberts shares encouraging words with Gulfport teen

    Robin Roberts shares encouraging words with Gulfport teen

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:20 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:20:09 GMT

    Dozens of people stopped by Rectitude Lodge #323 in Gulfport on Saturday, where a bone marrow drive was taking place for 14-year-old Zayen Williams.

    More >>

    Dozens of people stopped by Rectitude Lodge #323 in Gulfport on Saturday, where a bone marrow drive was taking place for 14-year-old Zayen Williams.

    More >>
  • Whale recovering at IMMS relocated to a new tank

    Whale recovering at IMMS relocated to a new tank

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:15:36 GMT

    After washing ashore on an Alabama beach three weeks ago, the melon headed whale that's been recovering at the Institute for Marine Mammal is improving. 

    More >>

    After washing ashore on an Alabama beach three weeks ago, the melon headed whale that's been recovering at the Institute for Marine Mammal is improving. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly