Biloxi preps for Debuys Road repaving project

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Before drivers can cruise down a smoother Debuys Road, crews have to take care of problems lurking underneath the road. Biloxi, Gulfport, and Harrison County are working together to pave the section south of Pass Road. Before that can begin the cities have to take care of any infrastructure repairs.

When Biloxi surveyed the condition of its Debuys Road sewer line the news was both good and bad. The bad news was that there were four spots along the line that needed fixing. The good news was public works crews could do the repairs without having dig the entire pipe out of the ground.

"What this means is we're going to get in there and we're going to put a sleeve inside of the sewer line to were we can get a lot more years of service out of that sewer line," said Biloxi Spokesperson Vincent Creel.

The city is eager to get the sewer line fixed since Biloxi must complete the work before a Debuys overlay project can begin.

"We're using is save a lot of time and save a lot of disruption," said Creel. "Every time that you have to open up a road, you're going to be spending a lot more time making repairs to that road. What we're able to do now is streamline that process."

Harrison County's road manager said either Thursday or Friday his team will be out walking Debuys Road making sure that their design plans match the layout of the street. After any modifications have been made, they will then be able to start the bid process and eventually move on to a better Debuys Road, which government officials said is in everyone's best interest.

Creel said, "That's a major traffic generator with all of these things on Debuys Road, so we think it's real important to the continued viability of the community college, of the Super Walmart and of Edgewater Mall."

Gulfport officials said they don't have to make any major infrastructure repairs on their side of Debuys Road.

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