Cities and county officials debate over how to pay for Lorraine Bridge

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Records show the condition of the Lorraine bridge has been declining for many years. The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, as well as, Harrison County are all aware of the physical state of the bridge.

Some officials told WLOX News all three entities agreed when the time came to repair or replace the bridge, they would foot a portion of the bill. How much of that bill they will pay has yet to be determined.

"However we have purchased almost a million dollars in right away so we feel like the two cities can work that out from now on Biloxi and Gulfport," said Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco.

Biloxi spokesman, Vincent Creel, says there has always been an agreement that the costs will be split evenly three ways.

Biloxi has agreed to pay a third. The county says it has paid its share and now Gulfport is trying to decide how much of the bill it will foot.

Gulfport Councilman R. Lee Flowers, says 87 percent of the bridge falls in Biloxi, which is why they have not made a decision as to how much money they're willing to pay.

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