BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Strong winds from Monday's storms blew several inches of sand from the beach onto Highway 90 in Biloxi, causing crews to spend the day cleaning up the mess.
MDOT workers used end loaders and dump trucks to scoop the the beach off the highway, removing the hazards so motorists could drive safely.
"It's been worse, but it's bad," said MDOT worker Vincent Necaise. "It's a couple inches thick, covering the whole road in the eastbound lanes."
By late morning, the rain had stopped and the winds had died down, bringing welcome relief to the MDOT crew.
"It's starting to calm a little bit," said Necaise. "It's not blowing as bad as it was, so it's helping us out now."
Sand blowing onto the highway has been a long-time problem for the city's roadway, but thankfully, it has not been too bad this summer due to several projects that have helped make a difference.
"Planting dune grass, sand fencing, and lowering the profile of the beach has done tremendous good," said Harrison County sand beach director Chuck Loftis. "As soon as we get some more grants, we are definitely going to put in some more dunes. That is by far the best scenario for us."
"That makes a big difference and helps out a lot," said Necaise, "This year's been pretty good. They've been doing a good job keeping it off the wall, where we can keep it off the road."
The crews were able to complete most of the clean-up on Monday but will do some "fine-touch clean-up" on Tuesday, said Necaise.
And what happens to all of the sand they clean up?
"We've got certain dump sites where we dump it at and stockpile it," said Necaise. "Then we'll haul it off and use it elsewhere."
If workers are present, drivers are asked to slow down when passing through work zones and be extra cautious driving over those sections of highway that still have sand on them.