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Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway Throws a Curve to MDOT's Wayne Brown During Bridge Ceremony Thursday
From: City of Biloxi   Vincent Creel   Filed 11/2/07 GCN
Photo: City of Biloxi

Mayor A.J. Holloway who threw a curve ball of sorts to Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown during the Biloxi Bay Bridge dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon said hes pleased that motorists remained patient during the daylong ceremony, parade and fireworks prefacing the nighttime opening of the 1.6-mile bridge.

Ive never been one for all of the pomp and circumstance, Holloway said Friday, but I think MDOT did a good job of keeping the program moving, and I can understand they wanted to be extra cautious in opening the bridge with the fireworks show nearby.

Two lanes of the planned six-lane bridge opened to traffic shoirtly after the 7 p.m. fireworks show, and a little later than Holloway had hoped, but without incident nonetheless.

The mayor, however, did his part to speed things up during the 47-minute mid-afternoon dedication ceremony at the base of the bridge in Biloxi.

Im going to keep this short. Lets open this bridge, Holloway said, walking away from the podium, as the crowd laughed and applauded. The mayor quickly returned to the podium and spoke for a less than a minute, thanking Brown, the construction team and others who a hand in building the new bridge.

Quipped Brown to the audience and Holloway, a former college football standout: Ole Miss was always known for trick plays.

Bridge photos online

To see nearly 150 photographs from before, during and after the Biloxi Bay Bridge Ceremony, click here.

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