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Jam Lane Delay Could Put Biloxi High In A Jam

Construction crews are trying to meet a deadline for the new Biloxi High School. Superintendent Dr. Larry Drawdy says work on the building is on schedule, and he anticipates moving into the high school the latter part of August.

But hundreds of students, parents and some 30 buses will have a hard time reaching the school if Jam Lane and the connecting Richards Drive aren't finished in time.

Dr. Drawdy says they've been concerned about the road all along because of the delays that have already taken place and the litigation that's involved.

Drawdy says if the roads aren't ready by August, the only other way the cars and buses can enter the High School is through the entrance at North Bay Elementary. Dr. Drawdy says that could lead to quite a traffic mess.

Dr. Drawdy and the school board have been urging the city for months to get the project moving again. On Tuesday, the city council allowed American Casualty Company, the bonding company for the project, to hire a contractor to finish the job. A representative with the bonding company says Jam Lane will be finished by the time the new high school opens.

In a statement, he said "As soon as the contract is finalized with the contractor, work will resume at the beginning of February. The contractor will have 120 days to finish the job."

That's welcome news for Dr. Drawdy, who'd rather concentrate on getting the new high school finished for fall. Drawdy says he feels strongly that the road will be ready, and everything will be in order for the grand opening of the new high school.

The school district plans several open houses to allow students, parents, elected officials and the general public to see the new high school. They will be held on August 13th, 14th, and 15th.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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