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Biloxi Bay Bridge Set To Open In Four Days

You would think a man who's witnessed the opening of the first 2 Biloxi Bay Bridges, wouldn't be so excited about another opening.  

"Oh, I love it," says Harry Dronet of D'Iberville. "I mean, I'm going to walk it. I can tell you that. I'm 85 but I'm going to walk it. I guarantee you that."

But this 338 million dollar, 85 foot high, 6 lane span is unlike anything 85-year-old Harry Dronet has seen in his lifetime  

"I do this once a week, and I watch the progress. And I watch those cement trucks coming in,"
 says Dronet. "Oh I'll tell you, they are working."

Like Dronet, Biloxi Restaurant owner Joe Lancon is also excited that this end of town is about to be re-linked to Ocean Springs.  

"Finally the whole coast will be connected, and it's a big thing," says Lancon. "This is going to reach far and wide for everybody on the coast, from Louisiana state line to the Alabama state line."

Biloxi Councilman George Lawrence considers the bridges opening, the final piece of a puzzle that's been scattered since Katrina.  

"Even the casinos down here. They call this the culdesac because you've got to really drive down here to get here," says Lawrence. "Now they're going to be passing here again, so it's going to open up for them again plus other businesses. Small businesses will come back. It's just going to be tremendous."

And with yet another birthday coming up on the 13th, the man who out lived 2 previous bridges, will get an early birthday present.  

"It's going to be wonderful," says Dronet. "Man they beat me by 12 days."

Special celebrations are planned for the opening on both the Ocean Springs and Biloxi ends of the bridge, and WLOX will have extensive coverage all day Thursday.

by Don Culpepper

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