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Biloxi Nears Completion of U.S.90 Relighting
Portion of Last Section Illuminated

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Photos: Keith Burton - GCN   Filed 11/20/07

City contractors are expected to have center median lights on Beach Boulevard between Rodenberg Avenue and Beauvoir Road fully operational by Friday evening. In fact, more than half of the project area, between Rodenberg to just west of Treasure Bay casino, was illuminated Wednesday night.

The $569,000 project, which has involved replacing 76 storm-destroyed break-away poles, is being funded by the federal government, and is part of a city initiative that will see the installation of an unprecedented number of street lights on U.S. 90.

Lighting repairs are still in the works for two other areas – between Myrtle and Oak streets in east Biloxi, a city responsibility; and at I-110 and U.S. 90, where MDOT has a contract in place to repair lights as part of lighting repairs on the I-110 highrise.

Nearly 180 of the 250 or so pre-Katrina street lights on U.S. 90 in Biloxi were restored in December 2005, when the four-lane boulevard was fully re-opened to traffic. Since then, the city also installed street lighting in the area of U.S. 90 between White Avenue and St. George Street, where no center median lighting had ever existed.

Said Mayor A.J. Holloway: “When all is said and done, we’ll have all of Beach Bouelvard lit in Biloxi, and lit better than it ever had been. This is another one of those examples where we’re building back smarter and better than before.”

Meanwhile, contractors are working to install streetlights on U.S. 90 in Gulfport. But that project only began this past August and while the work was expected to finish by "Winter 2007," it will likely be well into next year before those lights through the city are lit. Constructors are still putting in electrical conduit and no poles have been erected so far.

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