July 1, 2008

Roadwork Planned Throughout Hancock County: Traffic Disruptions Scheduled to Be Finished By October

By J.R. Welsh, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 1--HANCOCK COUNTY -- Several projects in process or about to start will cause some inconvenience for motorists, but are expected to bring long-term improvements to roads throughout parts of the county.

A repaving project on Lower Bay Road in southwest Hancock County already has caused the road to be closed from its intersection with U.S. 90 near Pearlington nearly to the Port Bienville Industrial Park. Motorists approaching the industrial park must do so only from the east along Lower Bay Road.

County supervisors recently awarded contracts for work that will begin soon and affect drivers on stretches of Firetower Road, Lakeshore Road, Kiln-DeLisle Road and Caesar Necaise Road.

In addition, a new contract has been awarded for maintenance of the county's sand beaches, and thousands of yards of sand will be hauled in for beach replenishment.

On June 18 four companies entered bids for some of the roadwork. Huey Stockstill Inc. of Picayune won the work with a $2.6 million bid, or nearly 15 percent lower than the county's consulting engineer had estimated.

Project Manager Jimmy Catt, of Compton Engineering, said Stockstill would place new paving overlay from the junction of Lakeshore Road and U.S. 90 all the way to Beach Boulevard. The company will also replace one mile of Kiln-DeLisle Road to the east, beginning at its juncture with Mississippi 603.

In addition, Caesar Necaise Road will be repaved from the Pearl River County line to Mississippi 603. All the projects are being funded by federal and state aid money, and should begin within three or four weeks. The work should be completed by October 2008 and will cover a total of 14.2 miles, county officials said.

Stockstill also won a $1 million-plus contract to overlay Firetower Road for 6.6 miles east from Mississippi 603 to the Harrison County line.

County supervisors received five bids for sand beach maintenance, and awarded the work to Hardie Trucking, the current contractor on the project. Hardie won the work for another year with a low bid of $312,000.

County supervisors also granted permission for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in 50,000 cubic yards of sand for beach replenishment. The company selected to haul the sand will be responsible for any damage caused to Beach Boulevard as part of the work, Corps of Engineers officials said.


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