Biloxi Bay Bridge

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Biloxi Bay Bridge
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Biloxi Bay Bridge from the shore.
Coordinates 30°24′6″N 88°50′58″W / 30.40167°N 88.84944°W / 30.40167; -88.84944
Carries 6 lanes of US 90
Crosses Biloxi Bay
Locale Biloxi and Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Maintained by MDOT
Characteristics
Width 129 ft (39.3 m)
Height 95 ft (28.9 m)
History
Opened November 1, 2007

The Biloxi Bay Bridge is a bridge in the U.S. state of Mississippi which carries U.S. Route 90 (US 90) over Biloxi Bay between Biloxi and Ocean Springs. Though the bridge's ballast and accompanying railroad track was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the structure remained and subsequently underwent major repairs.[1] It reopened to traffic on November 1, 2007. The span carries 6 lanes of traffic as well as a 12-foot (3.7 m) path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the Gulf side of the bridge.

Reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina[edit]

After the bridge's destruction from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the MDOT tasked the reconstruction of the bridge to GC Constructors and its subcontractor Parsons for $339 million. Terms of the contract included that the bridge must have 1 lane of traffic in each direction open within 18 months, and all construction completed within 22 months. Construction was completed ahead of schedule, at 20 months. The new bridge is 129 feet wide, with 3 lanes of traffic in each direction, as well as a 12 ft pedestrian & cyclist path on the south facing side of the bridge. The new bridge is designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and waves similar to those of Katrina.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reginald DesRoches, PhD, ed. (2006). Hurricane Katrina: Performance of Transportation Systems. Reston, VA: ASCE, TCLEE. ISBN 9780784408797. 
  2. ^ "Parsons US 90 Bridge". Parsons. Parsons. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Biloxi Bay Bridge ‘Award of Excellence’