BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Drivers traveling on Popp's Ferry may eventually have a much shorter trip to the beach.
The Federal Highway Administration recently reviewed plans to extend the road - which currently ends at Pass Road - to Highway 90.
Although the project won't begin immediately, City of Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel says the city is moving forward.
"Now that the environmental impact statement has been done, within two weeks, surveying of the lay of the land – topography, identifying existing utilities, etc. – will begin and is expected to be completed in December," said Creel. "Then we expect to begin design, and concurrently begin the process of right-of-way acquisition, which could be a time-consuming process."
According to Creel, approval for the design is scheduled to be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Transportation in early fall 2017. As long as the approval is granted without major revisions, Creel hopes to have the $8 - $10 million project out for bid in March 2018.
The project is expected to take 14 to 18 months to complete.
"We are not yet comfortable in giving a date on when people would be driving on a Popp's Ferry Road extension because of the variables involved, but you can surmise where we are from the process," Creel added.