Caillavet Street Widening Called A Milestone

As they helped break ground, some long time Caillavet Street business owners are celebrating, along with the city, a facelift for one of Biloxi's oldest thoroughfares.

Donald Balius, owner of Balius Ironworks says, "I think it's gonna be a real expert thing, the way it's being handled and the way it's being done. And I definitely think it's gonna be a big improvement on this r

When asked how the street has changed over the years, Shaughnessy Printing owner Denny Shaughnessy says, "Until recently, not much. I'm glad to see it chan

It's a change that will cost the city $6.8 million, but Shaughnessy says it's a great investment.

"It's a cash corrid

Shaughnessy could be right. As the new Caillavet Street takes shape, the city will begin marketing nearby properties as retail shops and other businesses.

"This new four lane boulevard is going to have a well lit and well manicured center median, turning lanes, enhanced traffic signals and pedestrian friendly eight foot sidewalks on both sides of the boulevard," says Mayor A.J.

New curbs, gutters and drainage systems are all part of the improvements too. The widening will start on the north end of Caillavet.

The mayor says, "Right now the traffic count on Caillavet Street is about 10,000 vehicles on an average day. But we're not building the road for today, we're building it for the future, when we'll have thousands more cars on this road and in east Bilo

The widening of Caillavet north of the railroad tracks has been talked about since Jerry O'Keefe served as Biloxi's mayor. But it wasn't until the mid-1990's that the project was seriously pursued, as Mayor Holloway saw the widening as a way to revitalize that part of the city.