HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Drivers traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in Harrison County now have a wider, safer way to reach Biloxi. A new exit ramp on the interstate finally opened Wednesday afternoon.
For months, drivers zoomed by orange barrels and covered signs along the interstate. Then, at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, MDOT crews removed the barricades to open the new exit 46-B.
"Oh, it's great. I love it. I just saw it," said Melvin Turner, of D'Iberville.
"I saw the sign. I didn't know it was open, and I almost missed my exit," said Lauren Cunningham, of Long Beach.
Drivers heading eastbound on I-10 can now use the new ramp to get onto southbound Interstate 110 toward Biloxi. They will be exiting the interstate about a half mile sooner than before.
"I home school my kids, and we go to the Kroc Center for their home school program. It's a lot smoother, and I think it makes it faster. The pathway's longer and it's two lanes, which makes it easier. It's great," said Cunningham.
The new exit ramp is part of the $30 million I-10/I-110 Interchange Improvement Project. It's all aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing more access to the D'Iberville area.
Turner said he has waited a long time to see this.
"Oh yes, I live right up in D'Iberville so I come this way and that way," said Turner. "It's wonderful. It's quicker and it's wider, easier, not as many curves to go around."
Drivers will have to get used to taking the new ramp, but in case you miss it, don't worry. The old 46-B exit will remain open, but only on a temporary basis.
The next phase of the project that's expected to open is the D'Iberville Boulevard Bridge. The entire interchange project is scheduled to be finished this fall.
Remember, the speed limit on the new exit ramp is 40 mph.