Lorraine Rd. Bridge opens with ceremony - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Lorraine Rd. Bridge opens with ceremony

Community members say they are happy the new bridge is finally open. (Photo source: WLOX News) Community members say they are happy the new bridge is finally open. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

It's been a long time coming, but the Lorraine Rd. Bridge is finally open after several months of construction. 

"It's such a beautiful thing to connect again, and to make things easier to go from place to place here on this whole Coast," said Biloxi Mayor Fofo Gilich.

There was a ceremony officially opening the bridge back up to drivers on Friday morning. 

"We had a few hiccups, but it came out just fine. We waited 13 years to have this bridge opened," said Harrison County Supervisor, Connie Rockco.

Maryanne Dunnam Preston has lived near the bridge her entire life. She even had a copy of a newspaper clipping showing when it was built back in 1957.

"We travel it every day for some reason or other. I'm the daughter of  Ed Dunnam, one of the original openers of the bridge that just closed," said Preston. 

The prior had several issues with flooding, but Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes says it should no longer be a problem.

"The flooding component, the road leading up to it on both sides, is very low and so having it elevated for a pretty good run is going to make it accessible even when we have have high floods," said Hewes.              

Copyright 2016 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hot, humid and breezy for Scapin' the Coast

    Hot, humid and breezy for Scapin' the Coast

    Saturday, June 23 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-06-23 12:52:19 GMT

    Expect typical summer-like heat and breezy conditions on the coast. Some blowing sand may be an issue in spots. - Eric

    More >>

    Expect typical summer-like heat and breezy conditions on the coast. Some blowing sand may be an issue in spots. - Eric

    More >>
  • Nearly 400 swimmers compete in meet at Biloxi Natatorium

    Nearly 400 swimmers compete in meet at Biloxi Natatorium

    Friday, June 22 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:00:09 GMT
    Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
    Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)Swimmers taking part in a meet in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Nearly 400 swimmers are on the Coast this weekend for the 10th Annual Splashin' the Coast swim meet at the Biloxi Natatorium.

    More >>

    Nearly 400 swimmers are on the Coast this weekend for the 10th Annual Splashin' the Coast swim meet at the Biloxi Natatorium.

    More >>
  • Eyewitness saw plane moments before the crash

    Eyewitness saw plane moments before the crash

    Friday, June 22 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-06-23 02:25:47 GMT
    Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)Wayne Lascola works at the Diamondhead Marina, and usually, he's checking on boats, but this morning something else got his attention. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the Coast tomorrow to examine wreckage from that Cessna 172 that crashed this morning just north of the Diamondhead Airport.

    More >>

    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the Coast tomorrow to examine wreckage from that Cessna 172 that crashed this morning just north of the Diamondhead Airport.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly