Plans To Widen Popp's Ferry Road Move Forward

BILOXI (WLOX) -- Norma Coleman lives just south of the Popp's Ferry Bridge. As Coleman looked at maps showing how Popp's Ferry Road could expand, one thought kept running through her mind.

"Somebody's going to have to suffer. I just hope it's not me."

The plan includes expanding Popp's Ferry from Pass Road to Riverview Road by the Margaret Sherry Library. The existing three lanes would become five, including the turning lanes. Engineers want to use as much of the existing right-a-way as possible and buy more.

Even though plans for construction are far out, engineers did address the primary concern on many people's minds.

"It will be that some people will lose their house, but it will be in the best interest of the community and certainly with all the necessary steps to make sure that homeowner is compensated and pleased with the income," says Jill High with Brown and Mitchell, Inc.

Another issue engineers addressed with residents was how to expand and improve the Popp's Ferry Bridge. Some of the preliminary plans include building a high-rise bridge like the Biloxi Bay Bridge. Another option would be a raised draw bridge like the one on Cowan-Lorraine Road.

No matter how the final plans come together, with an estimated 40,000 vehicles traveling down Popp's Ferry Road each day, everyone agrees something needs to be done.

For more information you can contact the Jill High with Brown and Mitchell, Inc. at (228) 436-7612 or e-mail her at