Sidewalk repairs set to begin in Harrison County

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's the middle-man between the ocean and Highway 90. But, the sidewalk in some parts of Harrison County is less than ideal.

"Hurricane Isaac affected the Gulf Coast. And along the coast, between the seawall and Highway 90, we had roughly 3,200 feet of sidewalk to be damaged in the storm surge," said Mississippi Department of Transportation engineer Gabe Faggard.

He is one of the engineers heading up the $130,000 project that will go from Henderson Point to Broad Avenue. That's a 15-mile stretch.

"There's continuous sidewalk from one end of the coast to the other. And with this, we want to once again bring that continuous sidewalk," said Faggard.

That's something vacationers Jeff and Jodi Gelver hope to soon see again.

"It looks like the recovery is coming along, it's just going to take some time," said Florida resident Jodi Gelver. "It looks good."

The sidewalks will also be made stronger and more durable.

"They have strengthen the foundations of some of the sidewalks, hopefully that will prevent future erosion and future washing out," said Faggard.

On top of replacing sidewalks, engineers will add ADA accessible parking spaces to turn bays.

"That will involve putting in wheelchair ramps as well as striping off individual spaces that designated for handicap," said Faggard.

That progress is something the Gelvers hope to appreciate on their next vacation to the Gulf Coast.

"It's nice and flat, it'd be great to ride a bike around this."

Giving them another reason to come back.

The project is set to start Monday. Money for this project coming from federal highway emergency prepared funds. It is expected to take 30- 45 days to complete.

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