Tentative Plans For Bay Bridge Unveiled

In a matter of weeks, the groundwork for the Bay St. Louis bridge is set to begin. Tuesday night, representatives from the company building the bridge, Granite-Archer Western, and architects working on the project, shared their vision for the bridge at the Pass Christian City Council meeting.

Right now, the Bay St. Louis Bridge is closed, but plans for a new bridge are in the making. Some of the conceptual plans for the new bridge were unveiled at Tuesday night's meeting in Pass Christian.

The new bridge will be located 150 feet north of the old bridge. It will be 85 feet tall at its highest point. It will have four, 12-foot travel lanes separated by a concrete barrier and a 12-foot pedestrian and bicycle lane on the south side.

Demolition of the old bridge is set to begin at the end of this month, and the goal is to have two lanes of traffic open on the bridge by May of 2007.

Since the bridge is located on county property, presenters did not answer many questions about the bridge at the city meeting. Plans are underway to arrange a county board meeting for public input on the bridge.

MDOT recently awarded Granite-Archer Western $266.8 million dollars to rebuild the bridge.