Harrison County

Streets in East Biloxi will get a skim of temporary pavement

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Employees of Oscar Renda Contracting dig up a section of Bayview Avenue as they work on infrastructure in Biloxi on Monday Nov. 2, 2015. While the work continues for three more years, some of the heaviest traveled roads will get temporary pavement to make them easier to drive.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Employees of Oscar Renda Contracting dig up a section of Bayview Avenue as they work on infrastructure in Biloxi on Monday Nov. 2, 2015. While the work continues for three more years, some of the heaviest traveled roads will get temporary pavement to make them easier to drive. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- Main Street could see pavement going down immediately, after the City Council approved temporary pavement on some of the most-traveled streets in East Biloxi. They are down to dirt because of the infrastructure project north of the railroad tracks.

"We definitely need to do this," said Councilman Felix Gines, who witnessed the bumper of a car torn off as a woman drove down the street.

After heavy rains Friday, drivers in East Biloxi had "a rough, rough weekend," he said. "Those roads are not passable at all."

Division Street is the highest priority for pavement, according to the resolution passed by the council Tuesday. Other streets that could get temporary pavement until the infrastructure work is done are Reynoir and Lee streets, Porter and Seal avenues and Hopkins Boulevard.

The city will spend up to $600,000 for the work to protect the "health, safety and welfare" of the residents, but city officials have said they hope to receive some reimbursement under the FEMA-funded project.

Also on Tuesday the council:

-- Refinanced about $25 million in tax-increment financing bonds to save an estimated $2.5 million in interest

-- Agreed to pay a negotiated settlement of $50,500 to H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and Walter T. Bolton & Associates for design, development and construction supervision of the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum after the projected completion date.

-- Voted to move Biloxi astronaut Fred Haise's moon rock to the Biloxi Visitors Center for display.

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