OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Repairs are moving along the 260 foot section of sidewalk and seawall at Front Beach in Ocean Springs.
That area was damaged by rains and strong wave action. Signs of improvement are becoming more visible. Landmark Contracting Incorporated says this week they poured a portion of the sidewalk and the fittings.
Workers are busy making sure the portion of Front Beach sidewalk and seawall is repaired by early October. Already workers with Landmark Contracting have begun moving the sidewalk closer to the existing seawall.
"The sidewalks been relocated it used to run on the seawall. And I understand during a tidal surge it washed away and so the idea was to bring it back closer to the seawall and utilize the structural integrity of the existing seawall to tie it all together. So it won't get washed away again," said Steve Waller with Landmark Contracting Inc.
Waller says the repairs his company is doing will make the sidewalk and seawall more stable.
"We're tying all those rebars and tying into the existing seawall. We're not destroying any of the integrity of what was here originally. And in the areas where we can't tie into the old seawall we're actually pouring like three foot deep turn down footings heavily reinforced tied together. And I think this thing is going to last," said Waller.
Like any construction project, Waller says his crews encountered some surprises along the way, but he says it's nothing major.
"There's been some lines that we didn't encounter for some utilities here and there they were minor, but the main thing is there was some extra thickness of concrete that's going to be required, but not very much," said Waller.
Waller says overtime sediment leaks out through the cracks in the concrete and leaves small voids. Those voids are what he says will require a bit more concrete.
"I don't anticipate there being any further issues. But I'm not the design engineer, but I think he's done a good job from what I can see," said Waller.
Work on the sidewalk began September 1 and is expected to be completed during the first week of October. The total project costs $46,000.