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Work On BSL Ferry To Begin Wednesday

Ferry service across the Bay of St Louis is now one step closer to reality.

Tuesday morning, the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded a contract to Warren Paving of Gulfport for work to prepare access sites in Bay St Louis and Pass Christian. The company will dredge two locations - one at the Washington Street Pier in Bay St Louis,  the other just south of Third Street in Pass Christian.

But Warren Paving won't be the only group working to get the area ready for ferry service. Project Manager Bob Hodges told WLOX News the Seabees will also be involved in the project.

"The Seabees are actually going to build the ferry docks. We will be supplying them with about 17,000 tons of ripped, rapped stone, about 5,000 tons of crushed stone and crushed sand, 8,000 square feet of permanent steel sheet pilings and about 3500 of treated timber piling," Hodges said.

Work is set to get underway Wednesday morning, with a completion date around the 20th of October.

MDOT officials say they will begin reviewing proposals for a ferry service provider on September 18th. The free ferry service is expected to begin November first.

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