U. S. Highway 90 Reconstruction Project Update
By: Keith Burton GCN 3/7/08
Two projects, contracted to Superior Asphalt of Jackson, MS., involve the rebuilding of Highway 90 starting with the section from Debuys Road to Rodenburg Avenue in Biloxi and Lewis Avenue to Debuys Road in Gulfport. The project from St. Louis Bay to Lewis Avenue is contracted to Warren Paving of Gulfport and Hattiesburg, and the section from Rodenburg Avenue to the Biloxi Bay is contracted to Lane Construction of Jackson County.
“Considering the ongoing utility restoration projects being performed by the cities and the debris removal and reconstruction work on adjacent properties, ordinarily a project of this magnitude would have started later and taken years to complete,” said MDOT's South District Commissioner Wayne Brown in an MDOT news release.
“In an effort to make the work on this project progress more efficiently and to complete the work as early as possible, we merged road reconstruction and signalization into one comprehensive project, and we are working on all of the projects concurrently.” said Brown. The $90 million projects are scheduled for completion in December of 2008.
Replacement of curbs, repairs to the drainage systems and foundation work for new traffic signals are well underway, according to District 6 Engineer Steve Twedt. Work to pave and install sidewalks will follow curb work. “We ask that motorists exercise caution when traveling though work zones” said Twedt “It is our plan to restore efficient traffic flow to Highway 90 with as little inconvenience as possible.”
Motorists driving along the beach highway will find the going slow and very bumpy. Contractors are working on the entire roadway and are working on 2-mile sections, which allows some traffic movement, but with much of the road down to only one lane, east and west, there are backups. Contractors are also replacing the temporary signal lights that were installed after the hurricane. The new lights will eventually be computer controlled to smooth traffic flow, but right now, the lights are not controlled, which add considerable delays when travelling on U.S. 90.
Motorists are urged to use caution and drive slower in areas where the construction is underway. The beach highway was severely damaged by hurricane Katrina in 2005. The roadway is a key corridor for the Coast and many of its beachfront attractions.
U.S. Highway 90 History - MDOT