Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway says there's a good chance the Popp's Ferry Bridge will be open to traffic before Christmas. And by next week, all of Highway 90 in Biloxi will be open.
Two lanes of 90 from DeBuys Road to Porter Avenue will open Saturday. Motorists will be able to go north on I-110. The rest of the highway will now open Wednesday, all the way to Point Cadet.
Contractors and construction crews have been hard at work to clear debris from the highway and get lights and traffic signals working again. The traffic signals will be in flashing mode until the entire highway opens on Wednesday.
"The stretch of U.S. 90 in Biloxi presented challenges that you don't have on anywhere else on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Holloway said. "The city had installed about 250 street lights that were all demolished in the storm, along with about two dozen traffic signals. There are more street lights and traffic signals on Biloxi's part of 90 than anywhere else.
"The debris that we had to move off the top of the roadway was only part of the problem. MDOT has used a fleet of vacuum trucks to suck the debris from the storm drains under the roadway, and in some places the storm drains collapsed and needed to be replaced."