Contractor says East Biloxi roadwork could take an extra year to finish

Contractor says East Biloxi roadwork could take an extra year to finish

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The city of Biloxi's infrastructure project continues to create angst from residents and business owners, as well as city officials. But, some progress is being made. The federally funded $119 million project that is replacing virtually all of the water, sewer and storm drains in east Biloxi.

The contractor, Oscar Renda, says its crews have been beset with multiple engineering issues, but progress is being made installing a main sewer line on Division Street. The company says that will lead to similar, smaller lines being installed on connecting streets.

The company says that 130 construction workers are on the job as many as 60 to 70 hours a week.

The bad news? The planned three-year construction, which began in August 2014, looks to be a four-year job because of those engineering problems.

The real issue with most people is that the contractor removed pavement from 55 miles of streets in east Biloxi, leaving a big mess. That's leading to some other good news. There will be a new round of temporary paving scheduled to begin Monday and completed in just a few days.

Warren Paving is expected to apply asphalt to Porter Avenue and Bohn Street, south of Division Street; Division from Porter to Forest and Main, Lameuse and Reynoir Streets from Division to Bayview Avenue.

Project General Superintendent John Cowart recently released a video giving a much more detailed update on the project. You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/dLV8l3ap71Y

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