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MDOT Awards Deer Island Reef Construction and Debris Removal Contract


by Keith Burton - GCN       Filed 9/28/06


The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will use concrete debris from the Katrina-damaged portion of the Pascagoula River bridge at Interstate 10 as part of a protective jetty reef south of Deer Island in Biloxi.


The section of the Pascagoula River I-10 bridge was among the first projects MDOT repaired following the hurricane. The work needed was key to getting emergency responders and workers into the area after Katrina in 2005.

L & A Contracting Company of Hattiesburg, MS bid $250,000 for the debris removal contract, which also calls for the creation of the protective jetty reef at Deer Island.  The debris had been placed along Highway 90 at the Singing River Bridge of West Pascagoula River following the hurricane. 


“This beneficial debris removal project will result in the creation of a protective barrier for Deer Island in the event of future storms,” said District Six Engineer Ricky Lee in an MDOT news release. Lee said the project should take about a month to complete.


All concrete remnants of the repairs of the eastbound lanes of the I-10 Bridge over the Pascagoula River will be placed on barges and shipped to the designated reef area for placement.  MDOT says the result will be an aesthetically pleasing reef, visible to marine vessels about two to five feet above the water.


MDOT also will be using the debris from the old Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge at the reef.


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