Popps Ferry bridge under construction

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Popps Ferry Bridge will undergo repairs for two more days, but it won't mess up your morning or evening commute. The bridge was shut down Monday night from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and will follow that schedule Tuesday and Wednesday night.

At exactly 8:00p.m., workers with the City of Biloxi blocked off both sides of the Popps Ferry Road Bridge. The bride will be undergoing some repairs from an incident earlier this year, when a tug boat hit the fenders which protect the bridge's fenders.

For several days marquees have been flashing, warning drivers the bridge will be closed down, but a few people like high school student, Farabee Shafer, missed the memo.

"It's probably the most inconvenient situation I've been put in. It was broken before and I had to go all the way around for school and Biloxi High don't put up with that. You're late," said Shafer.

The City of Biloxi did look into other ways of repairing the bridge that wouldn't involve shutting it down, but were unable to avoid it. Stephen Laiche works for the city. He said blocking off heavily traveled roads are inconvenient for drivers, but sometimes it just has to be done.

"It's an inconvenience to the public. We understand that. That's why we have dressed for the last week with signs and electronic sign boards and we've been going to the media," said Laiche.

The busy bridge is used for more than a daily commute. Many people like Missy O'Keefe run the bridge everyday, but she said she will have to change her routine for a few days.

"It's kind of a bummer, but if they're working on damages or fixing the bridge then I'm all for it," said O'Keefe.

Pending good weather over the next few days the repairs should be complete by early Thursday morning.

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