From: MDOT News Release 9/14/06
MDOT has agreed to contract with a
ferry service provider to operate the ferry. Funding for the ferry
service as well as the preparatory work for the access and landing sites
come from Emergency Relief (ER) funds provided by the Federal Highway
Administration. In addition, on the Henderson Point side, MDOT has
assembled crews to repair a half mile stretch of Old Highway 90 and clear
nearly a mile of county roads in the landing vicinity. Also, sections of
the 3rd Avenue roadbed, which were destroyed by Hurricane
Katrina, will be repaired.
In a recent development, the Seabees
will no longer be able to construct the ferry landing, therefore MDOT
maintenance crews will now accomplish all phases of ferry landing
construction, except pile driving and material supply. On Tuesday,
Hattiesburg's Warren Paving Inc. was awarded two separate contracts
related to the ferry operation. Warren Paving bid $987,000 for dredging
and $1.37 million to cover material and pile driving costs.
The Harrison County Sand Beach
Authority is contributing to current repair work along Old Highway 90 by
offering equipment, operators and the use of sand.
“MDOT has benefited greatly from the
way Harrison County has pitched in to assist in the road repairs leading
to the landing,” said District Six Engineer Ricky Lee. “It is because of
the cooperation of all levels of government that the ferry operation is
becoming a reality.”
The project will be beneficial to
all those who live and travel through the area, according to MDOT
Executive Director Larry L. “Butch” Brown. “Providing ferry service to the
public is paramount, and we are excited to be a part of this project,”
said Brown. “We are very appreciative to the Federal Highway
Administration for their support of this important endeavor.”
Fourth District Congressman Gene
Taylor said he is pleased that citizens will soon benefit from this
alternate form of transportation.
“I appreciate and want to thank MDOT
Commissioner Wayne Brown and Executive Director Butch Brown for their
effort and cooperation on this project,” said Congressman Taylor. “The
addition of this ferry service will provide an alternative route for the
citizens of Harrison and Hancock counties to transverse the Bay of St.