BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Thursday morning began with the Biloxi Public Works Department chipping away at the last of the ice on the Popp's Ferry Bridge. Conditions during the closure were treacherous, according to Bridge Maintenance Supervisor John Wilson.
"It was a solid sheet of ice," Wilson explained. "It was not safe for anyone to be traveling back and forth."
A backhoe was moving ice and slush; shovels were removing the mess. Mother Nature cooperated by providing plenty of sunshine.
The decision to open the bridge was driven by the issue of public safety. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said the first step was a test ride.
"We tried to get policemen across the bridge to see how safe it is. If they slip and slide, it's not safe," Miller said. "Then we monitor traffic for awhile."
By noon, the barricades were removed and thankful motorists were finally allowed to cross Biloxi Back Bay on the Popp's Ferry Bridge.