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Biloxi leaders expected to move forward with widening Popp's Ferry Road

Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council is expected to approve a contract with Neel Schaffer to widen part of Popp's Ferry Road. (Photo source: WLOX) Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council is expected to approve a contract with Neel Schaffer to widen part of Popp's Ferry Road. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

On an average day, 17,000 cars drive along the mile long stretch of Popp's Ferry Road from the Cedar Lake intersection to Lamey Street. That's according to a recent traffic study.

Bobby Smith is one of those drivers.

"When I get off it's hard for me to get out because you have got that lane coming from over there turning," Smith said. "Then when they stop you only have one lane that turns and I'm stuck there again for probably eight minutes or so. It's really complicated for people to get in and out without getting held up."

Drivers agree widening this area to four lanes with a turning lane in the middle will make it safer and save them time.

William Martin said he is always behind several cars when he is driving through the mile long stretch.

"Then they stop and we have to stop," Martin said. "I think it will be a lot better."

"If they can put a straight way and a turn with two lanes that would smooth up a lot of the traffic that comes from here and less accidents," Smith said.

The project has been on the city leaders radar for several years now.

"Money has already been allocated," Biloxi Council President Kenny Glavan said. "It's an 80/20 match that is already in the budget, so no new taxes and we don't have to pull money from anywhere."

The city has already acquired the land to widen the road. The electric company has moved the power polls and now the city is waiting for all the underground lines to be moved.

Glavan hopes to see work underway by February.

"All of our citizens have been waiting patiently and we appreciate that," Glavan said. "Now it's time to get it done quickly and get it done right.

Smith said, "I'm glad to see they are finally getting this rolling and on the road."

Construction is expected to take anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete.

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