Highway 90 traffic restored, Nate recovery response continues

Updated information: Wednesday, October 11, 9 A.M. CDT

JACKSON, MISS. –Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) crews are making progress on recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Nate.

“Over half of the high-mast lighting systems that were lowered before the storm to prevent damage from high winds have been raised,” said Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “MDOT crews plan to have the remaining lights operational this week. I appreciate the dedication of our emergency response crews diligently working to get things back to normal along the Gulf Coast.”

Yesterday, seven crews with heavy equipment worked to clear the remaining sand from U.S. Highway 90.  Three additional crews worked to clear the remaining drainage structures. All lanes of U.S. Highway 90 are clear and open for travel.

Additionally, MDOT crews will continue working to complete the following response efforts this week.

  • Crews continue to clear sand from the turning lanes, parking areas and medians along U.S. Highway 90.
  • All remaining state-maintained traffic signals along U.S. Highway 90 have been restored.  MDOT crews are assisting the City of Biloxi to fully restore three city-maintained signals as electric crews troubleshoot issues.
  • Electrical cabinets for the Biloxi Bay Bridge are being replaced due to water damage. Lights along the bridge will remain out until the cabinets are replaced.

With the majority of response efforts along the Gulf Coast complete, MDOT’s emergency operation workforce will be reduced. Motorists should remain alert for roadside crews as cleanup efforts continue. For more coverage of MDOT’s preparations and response to Hurricane Nate, click here.

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