U.S. 90 set to reopen in Katrina-ravaged Biloxi

| 12/5/2005

A major roadway in hurricane-battered Biloxi, MS, is expected to fully reopen on schedule in less than two weeks.

U.S. 90, which has been closed since Katrina’s storm surge and high winds caused extensive damage on Aug. 29, is expected to be fully operational by Dec. 15, just shy of the 90 days officials projected for the road’s repair.

The roadway is a major artery in the city and throughout the region. Along with its closure came the shutdown of the city’s then-booming riverboat casino industry. Many of the boats slammed ashore and ended up on the highway.

“Since day one, we’ve had a plan, and we’ve been working that plan on Highway 90. You’ll recall in mid-September, MDOT said 90 days for Highway 90, and we’re right on track with that,” Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel told WLOX-TV.

Two-way traffic on the southernmost lanes of U.S. 90 reopened Thursday, Dec. 1, and all lanes, signs and traffic signals are expected to be in place and working by the mid-December deadline.