Sand cleanup could take all summer

Sand cleanup could take all summer

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Expect heavy equipment and orange cones for several more months along Highway 90. That's according to the Harrison County Sand Beach Authority.

One of the disadvantages of having a highway on the beach is lots of sand on the road. But that's where Sand Beach Authority is stepping in. Twenty-two workers are spread over 26 miles of beach in the county working to keep the sand at a manageable level.

This includes scooping it up and keeping the beach itself at a low profile next to the seawall.

"We're doing everything possible that we can. I know that it's frustrating for the general public when they see the sand on the roads, but we're doing the best we can with the manpower we have with the help from the road department," said Sand Beach Director Chuck Loftis.

According to Loftis, most of the sand that's picked up has too much debris in it and is hauled away, while only a portion of it ends up back on the beach. Either way, Loftis said drivers need to be patient and aware that this equipment will likely be sharing the highway with them for the entire summer.

The crews started their work in Long Beach and Pass Christian around two months ago.

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