Thousands of Gulf Coast residents are expected to celebrate a milestone in their recovery from Hurricane Katrina with the opening today of a bridge that replaces one demolished by the storm.
Two of the bridge's six lanes are scheduled to open to traffic tonight, following a daylong celebration at both ends of the $338 million structure. The new span reconnects the casino resorts of Biloxi with the quaint shops of Ocean Springs to the east.
Around 35,000 cars a day crossed a four-lane drawbridge between the two cities before the August 29, 2005, hurricane destroyed it. The new 1.6-mile bridge over Biloxi Bay restores the last broken link in coastal U.S. Highway 90.