Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Tuesday, March 21

MDOT Updates on Recovery Efforts

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has released an update on the Gulf Coast Transportation recovery efforts in which MDOT was involved the week of March 13-17.

They include the following:
o MDOT is currently pursuing a ferry consultant for assistance in developing a request for proposal for a ferry system. A ferry consultant should be confirmed by early April.

o Two more contracts were awarded for debris removal. Utility Construction of Jackson will be covering Clarke, Jasper, Jones and Wayne counties while TCB Construction of Poplarville will be working with George, Jackson and Stones counties.

o MDOT is starting a new round of project solicitations for the multimodal capital improvement program, which will be a source of funds for water ports, airports, public railways and transit providers.

o MDOT has begun preliminary work on the Biloxi Bay Bridge. MDOT will use in-house forces to begin the process of soil borings, surveying and some demolition in order to expedite bridge reconstruction efforts while waiting the awarding of the construction contract.

o MDOT is collaborating with the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration in projecting emergency fuel needs for the 2006 hurricane season. MDOT is currently submitting emergency fuel requests for coastal first responders should a catastrophic event occur.

o MDOT has offered to advertise on behalf of the City of Bay St. Louis for a design consultant who would consider environmental, right-of-way and plan development in the reconstruction on Beach Boulevard beginning at U.S. 90 to Washington Street. This effort will assist Bay St. Louis in the expedient clean up of Beach Boulevard.

o In a collaborative effort, MDOT and the City of Gulfport have agreed to begin the replacement of the damaged and lost trees and grass in Gulfport along U.S. 90. MDOT and the city will soon begin planting 137 live oak trees along the route.

o MDOT made repairs to I-110 over a two-night period with minimal traffic delays. This project is now complete.


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