OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Ocean Springs Small Craft Harbor boat launch is open for recreational use, city officials said on Wednesday.
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to continue to use caution in this area, as elements of the project are still underway.
Officials ask people using the boat launch to respect any barricades and traffic control devices around the harbor area, including the Harbor Master's House.
To increase safety and ease congestion, the project separated the boat trailer launch area from through traffic and added a sidewalk. Motorists should use the two-lane road between the sidewalk and the median, while boat launch traffic should use the lane on the other side of the median.
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While the launch area should not be used by through traffic, no parking is allowed and through access should never be blocked by unattended vehicles.
The $1.2 million Harbor Road project, designed by Machado/Patano, PLC, included improvements to the boat launch and piers, as well the creation of a separate roadway and sidewalk with improved lighting. The project is a joint effort by the City of Ocean Springs, the
Jackson County Board of Supervisors, and the Harbor Commission. Funding includes a Tidelands Grant awarded to the City from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and local funds and labor from Jackson County.
The paving you see now is not the final layer and the striping is temporary. There is a second project at the Harbor Master Office that will be completed within the next couple of months that will include paving of Harbor Road to the north. Therefore, the final asphalt layer will be applied all at once, along with the final striping.
The road and boat launch will be temporary closed during weekdays only while the asphalt is applied and again when the striping is applied.