BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi is taking steps to ease traffic congestion and widen a busy thoroughfare.
Tuesday, the Biloxi City Council approved a contract with Neel Schaffer to do engineering and inspection work along part of Popp's Ferry Road. The city is looking to widen the street from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street, which is the D'Iberville city limits.
City leaders have been working on this project for several years now.
"The money has already been allocated," said Council President Kenny Glavan. "It's an 80/20 match. All of those funds are in the capital budget, so there's no new taxes and we don't have to pull from anywhere."
Biloxi has already acquired the land to widen the road. Now the city is waiting for AT&T to move underground power lines so construction can begin.
This project would also improve water, sewer and drainage along that stretch. Councilman Glavan hopes to see work underway by February.
According to a recent study by Gulf Regional Planning Commission, 17,000 cars drive the stretch of road on an average day.