BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Between Scrapin' the Coast and a free Darius Rucker concert on Saturday, thousands of people have already made their way to the coast and more are expected.
Biloxi Police aren't taking any chances and have been prepping for the heavy traffic all week. When you add in the planned closure of I-110 Saturday at 7pm, they're preparing for what's being called "carmageddon."
"We're going to have an excessive amount of traffic on the road. I mean, you do the best you can. There's going to be people that are trying to stay in the city and then there's going to be those that are trying to get out," Biloxi Police Captain Jim Adamo said. "There's a lot of police officers on the road trying to make sure everybody's safe and that we keep traffic moving to the best of our ability."
Biloxi Fire Department's Deputy Chief Jeff Merrill said his team has experience dealing with heavy traffic, and they plan to handle this weekend's road madness the same way they've handled it in years past.
"We've had these issues before. We handle Mardi Gras every year, we deal with Cruisin' the Coast, and we're going to put that plan of action in place," Deputy Chief Merrill said.
Also partnering with the Biloxi Police and Fire departments is AMR. Operations Manager Greg Doyle said they will be ready to assist in any medical emergencies as they come.
"We've already arranged with MDOT and with the Biloxi Police Department to allow our ambulances to get through traffic and even get onto closed roads if we need to respond to calls," Doyle said.
Biloxi officials say they welcome all the visitors coming to the coast, but ask that everyone be understanding and patient as they do their job to keep everyone safe.
Police officials say officers will be working to direct traffic and they ask drivers pay close attention to make sure the flow of traffic remains steady.
They want to remind everyone going to the Darius Rucker concert on Harrah's "Great Lawn" that they will be able to get to the concert using I-110. But since the roadway will close at 7pm, everyone leaving the concert is asked to head east on Hwy 90 to Hwy 609 for the quickest access to I-10.