Oscar Renda: All Streets East of Lee in Final Stages

From:  City of Biloxi   2/19/18   GCN

Oscar Renda Contracting reports a number of milestones in this month’s video of progress, which was published today on the city’s YouTube channel.

The highlights of the three-minute video from John Cowart, general superintendent for Oscar Renda:

All streets east of Lee Street are nearing completion, with contractors focusing on issues such as repairing any damaged fencing and other detail work, which means a final coat of asphalt will begin on Oak Street and roadways east of Oak before moving westward.

Paving has been installed on Santini Street south of Division Street, as well as on Elmer Street between Murray and Division streets, and by the end of the month more paving will be applied to Murray, Elmer and Redding streets.

Contractors continue to be delayed on Division Street, pending the long-anticipated relocation of a gas line by Center Point Energy. The line currently prohibits the installation of sewer and drainage lines from Reynoir to Nichols Drive, which is also delaying work on connecting streets, Cowart said.

Querens Avenue is expected to be closed to through traffic while contractors install a sewer line. Work will be time-consuming, Cowart reports, because the area is low-lying and retains ground water. During the work, all residents must enter Querens at its south end, at Howard Avenue.

On Porter Avenue, limestone and curbing are being applied from Division to Cherokee, meaning paving is on the way, while storm drains and drainage boxes are being installed north of Cherokee over the next couple of months, to be followed by paving.

Residents along the north end of Porter, incidentally, may notice a drop in water pressure, or an interruption of water service that may lead to a temporary boil-water notice as contractors energize the new water system in the area, the sole remaining area to be added to the new water system.

See the Oscar Renda video update

News and notes: Weekly report, images, a video and renderings

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 156 calls for service, including 101 medical emergencies and three fires; the Police Department handled 2,517 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 60 building permits with a construction valuation of nearly $1.5 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city. To see the reports covering last week, click here.

Daddy-Daughter dance: More than 400 fathers and daughters attended the fifth annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance that took place last Friday at the Biloxi Civic Center. To see images from the event, click here.

Lighthouse parking lot: Work continues to progress at the Lighthouse pier parking lot. This morning, crews were removing the asphalt, a process called milling, to make way for new asphalt and striping. To see a video of the work, click here.

Council preview: The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of more than three dozen issues when councilmembers gather Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Workers from MDOT contractor Malouf Construction Co. began erecting barricades at Caillavet Street andU.S. 90 today as the first stage of work for an overhead pedestrian walkway just south of MGM Park and west of Caillavet Street.

Meantime, the city also today released artist’s renderings showing the second U.S. 90 pedestrian overpass which construction is expected to begin later this year. To see images, click here.