GULFPORT, Miss. — Numerous sections of concrete sidewalks along U.S. Highway 90 that were completely rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina will have to be repaired or replaced once again.
Officials tell WLOX-TV that if federal funding is approved soon, the Mississippi Department of Transportation could begin the repairs within two months.
Hurricane Isaac caused extensive damage to many areas, mainly on the west end of Harrison County.
MDOT is assessing the damage.
"It is extensive damage, especially in Pass Christian and Long Beach," said MDOT engineer Gabe Faggard. "It's going to take a good bit of work to remove what has been damaged, as well as replace it."
That work includes tearing out the broken and buckled concrete and filling in sections that have washed away. Faggard expects the repairs to be expensive.
"Just basically looking at what we have out on the ground now, you're looking somewhere between $1 million to $2 million to repair the sidewalks alone, Faggard said.
He said a combination of storm surge and the wave action associated with storm surge undermined the sidewalks.
"You've got movement of water, which pulls sand out from under the sidewalk causing settlement, as well as it's completely washed out. We've seen settlement as much as two to three feet in some areas. Where it was once leveled with the curb, it's dropped considerably," Faggard said.
MDOT will submit its report to FEMA and the Federal Highway Administration with is request for money to make repairs.