BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The City of Biloxi is getting closer to beginning the largest phase of its multimillion dollar infrastructure project. This Thursday night, the city will host a community meeting to prepare residents for what is in store.
"It's going to have some water interruptions, some street closures. It's going to have some detours and what our goal is, is to let everybody know about that in advance," said Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel.
Creel is excited to be starting the much needed underground work in East Biloxi, but most importantly the community needs to be aware of just how large this project is.
"Of the $355 million worth of work we're doing, this is going to account for $116 million of it," said Creel.
Oscar Renda, contracting out of Texas, had the lowest bid and was awarded the work, but local company HNTB will be overseeing the three year project. Both groups' leaders plan to be at Thursday's meeting.
"Residents will have a chance to come out and hear what we're going to do, when we're going to do it, how we're going to do it and how it's going to impact their lives," said Creel.
Creel says the city has never done a project this large, and it's going to stretch all the way from west of Interstate 110 at Forrest Avenue to Point Cadet, and it's going to impact every single street in that area.
"Let me say this up front, we're going to be working in the oldest part of the city, so the drawings that we have right now, that show what's under that street, may not be exactly what we're going to find when we get under there," said Creel.
In the event that more work needs to be done once construction begins, Creel says the city will contact FEMA who is funding the project.
"Every bit of this is due to Hurricane Katrina. It's been a long time getting to this point, but we started right after the storm getting all the debris. People forget how far we've come," said Creel.
He says this is probably the most anticipated phase of the infrastructure project. One of the reasons the city has waited so long to start is because of all the engineering work on the front end.
The community meeting will take place this Thursday, July 24, at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Gruich Center on Howard Avenue.