Thunder on the Bay parking/boating info

WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An estimated 70,000 people are expected to watch this weekend's Thunder on the Bay air show at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

Those large crowds will be looking for limited places to park. The only off-base parking site is at the old Oak Park housing property off Bayview Avenue in Biloxi.

Once Oak Park fills up, Keesler will open up its on-base parking site at Pine Haven.  Any overflow traffic will be directed to the IP Casino parking area under the I-110.  There will be a separate gate and area designated for handicapped parking. Extra Biloxi Police officers will be on duty to help move the cars along.

If you want to avoid all the traffic headaches and parking hassles, there is another option.  All you have to do is park your car at the Edgewater Mall garage and hop on the Coast Transit Authority bus.  It'll take you to the base. And the best part is the ride is free.  Three CTA buses will be picking-up passengers every 20 minutes.

If you do decide to drive, police urge you to arrive as early as possible and park legally.

Boat traffic on the Biloxi Back Bay will be restricted before and during the Keesler Air Show and Open House. The water zone near Keesler will be closed during certain hours from Thursday through Sunday.

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