Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Monday, December 18

Biloxi Bay Bridge Beams Going Up

According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), there has been significant development in the construction of the bridge replacement project of the U.S. 90 Biloxi Bay Bridge in Harrison and Jackson counties that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

While substructure work has been underway for several months, crews plan to set the first series of beams on the bridge December 18, weather permitting.

"While foundation work on the bridge has been proceeding nicely, the public has little opportunity to view that phase of construction. Setting the first series of beams signifies the beginning of construction more visible to members of the community," said Ocean Springs project engineer Kelly Castleberry.

MDOT awarded the project to GC Constructors, a joint venture composed of the firms Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Kiewit Southern Company of Peachtree City, Ga., and Traylor Brothers Inc. of Evansville, Ind. The $338.6-million project will be constructed as a high-rise structure with 95 feet of vertical clearance and will include six traffic lanes and a shared-use path of biking and pedestrian. The bridge is scheduled to open two lanes of traffic by the end of 2007.


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