Thursday, May 17, 2007

Traffic Jam!

Today I was happy to be in the midst of a traffic jam! No! I'm not crazy! It has been 626 days since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Katrina destroyed the Bay St. Louis bridge. Today, that vital link on Highway 90 reopened. Bigger and better!

From Pass Christian, rounding the curve on Highway 90 that leads to the bridge, I got my first glimpse of the new bridge. I had goose bumps from joy. I was driving in traffic while taking these and had not been able to roll my window down at this point.



There is still a lot of work to be done as evidenced by the cranes. Only two lanes are open at present. The other two lanes are expected to be completed by November of this year.



The drivers behind me were very patient and didn't blow horns while I stopped to take the pictures. Everyone seemed to have smiles just from driving on the bridge.



This bridge is much higher than the previous one. The height should protect it from damaging waves in future hurricanes.




I called family and friends when I reached the top of the bridge. After traveling a couple of miles in 45 minutes, Bay St. Louis could be seen.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

When i went to Mississippi to help rebuild i stayed somewhere right near that bridge! I remember seeing it the first year I went when it looked like dominios. It's crazy that it has opened already! -Katie

seawitch said...

katie,

Thanks for helping! It is so exciting to have the bridge open. In November, the Biloxi-Ocean Spings bridge is supposed to be open to traffic. I'll be stuck in that traffic jam and smiling all the way!