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Popp's Ferry Road extension plans worries some residents

If the Popp's Ferry Road extension goes along Oakmont in Biloxi, students like Draven Clifton will be dealing with more traffic on the way to his bus stop. (Photo source: WLOX News) If the Popp's Ferry Road extension goes along Oakmont in Biloxi, students like Draven Clifton will be dealing with more traffic on the way to his bus stop. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

As of now, Popp's Ferry Road goes no farther south than a wooded area just south of Pass Rd. For the most part, it serves as a side entrance to the corner pharmacy.

But both of the extension plans selected from the original five, and recently released by the City of Biloxi, will cut a path all the way to U.S. 90 with direct access to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

“The taxpayers of Harrison County spent a small fortune on the convention center and upgrades there," said David Nichols, Biloxi chief administrative officer. "So, it would make it much more convenient for everybody going to the coliseum.” 

While the process has been a long time in the making, there is still a long way to go. Construction likely won’t begin until late 2018, and is expected to take more than a year to finish.

Officials say the project is expected to cost about $15 million, some of which will be federal money.

In the meantime, the estimated $150 million widening project for Popp's Ferry north of Pass Rd. is still in the works, but will likely not begin until the south extension is finished.

While the extension may be good for some, others say it won't be so good for those closest to the route. One route calls for the access to run right next to the Mason D’Orleans apartments.

It’s not a plan that apartment resident Joseph Carlini appreciates.

“I’ll tell ya. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world right here in Biloxi,” Carlini said. “But it’s a real tragedy if they put a street closer to my apartment, you know what I mean? It’s going to be a real disruption, and I think it’s a bad move for the city.”

Another route goes just west of Oakmont in Biloxi, and joins the road just before it leads to U.S. 90. However, it is the exact route that some children walk to get on the school bus; including 14-year-old Draven Clifton. 

“I’ve been hearing about this for about five years,” said Clifton, who has lived on the street for about eight years. “And, I didn't think they’d really do it. But if they did it then, it’d be pretty bad because I’d have to walk to traffic.”

Amy McGee just moved to Oakmont.

“One of the reasons we moved here was the only traffic you have is the traffic that lives on the street; the residents that live here,” McGee said. “And I’m not too happy about having to hear the sound of Popp’s Ferry behind my house. It’s really quiet out here, so I don’t think I would be for that plan.”

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