The turning of dirt marks the official start of the one mile stretch of Bayview that will be four-laned with three bridges, lights and sidewalks.
The $6.5 million project will stretch from Oak to Braun Street, and will straighten the very curvy road.
"It's going to greatly improve the ability to get to one end of the peninsula to the next without having to have turn after turn after turn, and the flow of traffic will be greatly enhanced by having a four lane, basically a straight shot," construction manager William Yates said.
Years of planning and design changes went into the project. Work actually started over the weekend, as crews began clearing the rights of way.
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway says improving one of the city's major thoroughfares means big things.
"It's going to be some economic development for the city. It's going to be able to move traffic for the city. I think it's going to be an alternate route off 90. So we're very excited about the prospects of this," Holloway said.
The Strangi family has owned some of the property where the new Bayview will sit since the 1930's. One family member says she's thrilled to see the city develop it into a much needed new road.
"I was afraid it wasn't going to start before I was 80, and I'm just a few months from 80," Annie Strangi said. "The city needs this road desperately. We need this east/west artery desperately because we're trapped in case of a hurricane. It's a necessity. It's going to be a big help to the city."
Bayview Avenue is the first project that will be overseen by the construction manager. Yates say eight local contractors will do the work, which will take a year to finish.
By Marcia Hill
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