Most of Highway 90 roadwork will be done by New Year's Eve

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Highway 90 construction crews can see the finish line. In less than three weeks, they'll be done with road rebuilding work in Pass Christian, Long Beach, west Gulfport, and east Biloxi.

For 16 months, we've watched and waited. While construction teams worked to repair Highway 90 damage caused by Katrina, we've weaved past cones, wondering if workers would ever wrap up a massive repaving project. Kelly Castleberry wants people to know the end is in sight. "We're going to meet very close to our original deadline which was December 21st and 31st of this year," MDOT's project manager said.

Since August, 2007, four contractors have completely rebuilt the 26 mile roadway through Harrison County. They've also replaced its curbs, and redone its sidewalks. "It feels good to see the finish line," Castleberry said. "Pretty much east Biloxi is going to be completed on time. Long Beach is going to be completed. And Pass Christian is almost going to be completed on time as well."

A new road is partially to blame for the west Biloxi segment of the massive construction project being behind schedule. After MDOT started to redo 90, engineers decided to create a new, two lane Frontage Road on the southside of the highway. It extends from Rodenberg Avenue to Treasure Bay.

The new entrance to Edgewater Mall is another project that MDOT added after the Highway 90 construction started. Consequently, Kelly Castleberry expects cones to remain through west Biloxi, and east Gulfport, until March. "They will probably be out of the mainline Highway 90 long before then," Castleberry said. "And most of the work will be performed on the Frontage Road that we've added to the contract."

The federal government picked up 100% of the $100 million tab.