BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The massive infrastructure project in east Biloxi, north of the railroad tracks, has been underway for more than 1,300 days now. But, this only marks the halfway point.
The contract's current deadline is February 2018. According to a progress report on Biloxi's website, 41% of the work for the north contract has been completed. More than one million feet of water, sewer and storm drain lines are being repaired or replaced throughout the city.
"We've divided the city into 14 major project areas. Those areas have been broken into 30 sub phases," said Mayor FoFo Gilich in a video on the city's website. "We're talking about 100 miles of streets, more than one million feet of water, sewer and storm drain lines, more than 70 waste water pump stations. Almost every street, sidewalk, curb and gutter that went under water will be replaced or repaired."
Just in east Biloxi, 55 miles of road have been milled as part of the $335 million project. Several of those roads were temporarily repaved last month because the road conditions were causing major headaches for residents and business owners in the area. That emergency paving project cost the city $600,000.
Mayor Gilich says what you see on top of the road is just the tip of this overall project.
"Most of the work will be done underground. A typical neighborhood street project will include a repair or replacement of sanitary sewer lines, storm drain lines and water mains. And finally if the streets, curbs and sidewalks have to be demolished in the course of repairing the pipework, and I suspect many of them will, they also will be repaired or replaced."
To read more on the project progress report, click here.