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Biloxi to Begin Drainage Project Near Edgewater Mall
City Still Seeks ROEs for Tree Removal

From: City of Biloxi    3/17/07  GCN

Drainage pipes as large at six feet in diameter will be installed over the next 180 days in a $800,000 project designed to improve drainage in the area between Debuys Road and Eisenhower Drive and as far north as Pass Road.

“These are among the largest drainage pipes that we use anywhere in the city,” said City Engineer Damon Torricelli. “They’ll be replacing an open ditch in the area between C.T. Switzer Sr. Drive and U.S. 90, and they’ll be tying into work that has already been completed at the highway and existing drainage at and under the railway.”

The 180-day project, which will be performed by Hemphill Construction, is expected to be completed by the end of August. This second, final phase will mean that more than $1.5 million has been invested in drainage improvements in the Switzer Drive area.

Since the work is taking place south of Switzer Drive, no traffic detours or interruptions are expected. (Click on photo to enlarge image.)


City continues to seek tree ROEs

City debris czar Jonathan Kiser reports that the city has removed nearly 2,500 of the 3,762 standing dead trees approved for cutting by FEMA, and property owners who have not yet done so are encouraged to fill out and return a tree right-of-entry permit, which would begin the process for removal of hazardous standing dead trees.

The city, which has set a May 31 to property owners to submit ROEs, is now working on removing 452 standing dead trees, and has another 71 ROEs awaiting FEMA approval.

The forms, which must be completed and notarized, can be obtained online or at the city's Community Development, 676 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; or Neel-Schaffer, 772 Howard Avenue. The forms can be notarized for free at either location.

To download a tree-removal ROE, click here.

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