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MDOT Closer to Establishing Ferry Service While Bay St. Louis Bridge is Under Construction
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. Louis.”

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