A roadmap to happy motoring
Motorists may encounter temporary lane closures on several key thoroughfares in Biloxi over the next several days and weeks, and drivers on U.S. 90 near the downtown area will find a new traffic signal activated come June 1.
Here’s a quick rundown on what you need to know:
Rail crossings: CSX will temporarily close the following rail crossings in Biloxi to allow contractors to upgrade the crossings: Iberville Drive, Monday through Wednesday, May 23-25; McDonnell Avenue, Wednesday through Friday, May 25-27; and Eisenhower Drive, Tuesday through Thursday, May 31-June 2. Work will be performed weather permitting.
On the fence: Contractors at Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library are continuing to sandblast and re-paint a fence lining the west side of the shrine. Work may require temporary closure of the northbound, right-hand lane.
Seeing red (green or yellow): U.S. 90 drivers passing the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site may have noticed the newly erected traffic signal at Lameuse Street was activated in the flashing yellow mode this week, and on June 1 the signal is scheduled to be completely operational, making it the 23rd traffic signal on the Biloxi section of U.S. 90, and the fifth signal in the several blocks between the Beau Rivage parking garage and the small craft harbor at Main Street. For those keeping score, the new signal brings Biloxi’s number of signalized intersections to 61.
Caillavet opening: Motorists tooling though the Caillavet Street construction zone began traveling on newly paved sections of the roadway on Wednesday. Workers are now focusing on reconstructing the western side of what will be a four-lane boulevard with center medians, turn lanes and enhanced traffic signals at the Division Street intersection. Mayor A.J. Holloway reports the project is about a month ahead of schedule, on budget, and expected to wrap before its July ’06 target date.
To see a complete rundown of roadwork taking place throughout the city, click here.
City council meets Tuesday afternoon
Councilmembers will be asked to OK amendments to several sections of the two-year-old Land Development Ordinance during their meeting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Among the other issues on the agenda: zoning cases involving re-platting of a lot in the Popp’s Ferry Medical Park, approval of a three-lot subdivision at Elder Street and Moran Alley, awarding contracts for work to ready the Dantzler House for arrival of the Mardi Gras Museum, nominations of Joe Roberts to the taxi board and Chuck Collins to the building board of adjustments, and purchase of a federally-funded, $217,000 bomb response vehicle.
To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.
Weekend headliners: America, James Brown and Randy Travis
You’ll find the group America, “Godfather of Soul” James Brown and country performer Randy Travis headlining shows this weekend. To peruse the weekend entertainment listings, courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
And to see the city’s “Community Calendar of Events” for May, click here.
The book on Biloxi
The Community Development Department has unveiled its 2005 edition of the “General Market Analysis,” a 28-page compilation of information designed to acquaint potential developers with Biloxi.
Longtime residents and businessmen also may learn a thing or two about the city and its economic climate. You can see the entire document or review specific sections online. Just click here.
News and notes
Elections, generally speaking: You can see an updated list of the candidates who will be appearing on the June 7 municipal elections by clicking here.
Webcasting: Sgt. Jackie Rhodes of the Biloxi Police Department discusdes upcoming events with “City Desk” host Gary Michiels. To listen to this week’s webcast, click here.