Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

As we work together to tackle the historic challenge that Hurricane Katrina has presented to the forestry communities of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, we hope that this blog will be a valuable resource and tool.

Wednesday, May 10

MDOT Gives Update on Recovery Efforts

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has released a list of Gulf Coast Transportation Recovery efforts in which MDOT was involved during the week of May 1-5.

Technical proposals for the construction of the Biloxi Bay Bridge and approaches in Jackson and Harrison Counties are due May 26. MDOT officials plan to award the contract to the proposed project with the apparent best value June 6. The three responder firms are GC Construction of Kansas City, Mo., Granite Archer Western of Watsonville, Calif., and Yates/Hill of Philadelphia, Miss.

MDOT officials are waiting on the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to approve the memorandum of agreement to improve, expand and/or replace entrances and other infrastructure adjacent to the Jackson County Hospital. It was decided in the Mississippi Transportation Commission meeting April 25 that MDOT would enter into an agreement with Jackson County for the hospital project.

To date, MDOT has issued more than $8 million in emergency Relief Funds to State Aid to reimburse coastal counties for debris removal.

Construction is under way on a seawall for barge access on the U.S. 90 Bridge. The assembly of a pile driving barge and crane is ongoing, as well. Dredging and existing bridge removal is continuing with the first indicator pile scheduled to be set May 5.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Construction is underway!

12:47 PM  

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