MDOT approved for sidewalk repairs

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It turns out the damage to the concrete sidewalks torn-up by Hurricane Issac is not as serious as engineers first thought. This week, MDOT submitted its report to the Federal Highway Administration.

MDOT has received preliminary approval of $500,000 to repair and reinforce the sidewalks.

They said the storm damaged about one-mile of the sidewalks along the south side of Highway 90 mainly in Long Beach and Pass Christian.

"We can thicken the concrete, we can adjust the joints spacing of the concrete, also add some base material under that sidewalk," MDOT Area Engineer Gabe Faggard said. "We hope that when storm surge comes in the future, we can eliminate having to come back out and replace sidewalk as we have to do now."

MDOT engineers said long-term, they'd like to build more concrete pedestrian pathways along Highway 90.

They said those pathways are attached to the seawall so they're sturdier and can better withstand storms.

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