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08/27/04

Residents Rejoice At Completion Of Popps Ferry Road Construction

If you have driven along Popps Ferry Road lately, you may have noticed the absence of a few things like orange barrels and dump trucks.

That's because after nearly four years the widening of Popps Ferry Road is complete.

That news is music to the ears of many motorists and residents.

The construction zone is now a thing of the past on Popps Ferry Road, which for many, means there is now a road to relief.

For 12 years, Anne Shierey has been cultivating the beautiful garden in front of her home on Popps Ferry Road.

The flowers and plants add a welcomed accent to the place and now, so does the road.

"The traffic moves faster and we get out a lot faster out of our driveways. And I love the sidewalks," said Shierey.

The orange barrels are now gone, replaced with a newly striped roadway, along with with fresh curbing and gutters.

The widening from Jam Lane to the Popps Ferry Bridge is part of the city's traffic improvement project.

Now, its completion is not only a winner with motorists and residents.

The new road is two and a half months ahead of schedule and it remained within budget.

"We're certainly glad that the Popps Ferry job is completed. We are very proud of the job. We want to thank all the people for putting up with it for a couple years now but I think it's worth it," said Biloxi Mayor A J Holloway.

Mrs. Shierey says at first, she was a little worried about the finished product, but now, she says it's really nice.

A formal ribbon cutting is planned for September 8 at 10 a.m. at the Margaret Sherry Library.

Mayor Holloway says the next road widening projects will be Caillavet Street as well as the Popps Ferry Bridge.

By: Karla Redditte

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