BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Officials with the Mississippi Department of Transportation tell us the explosives are in place and ready to bring down the Big Ridge Road Bridge on Interstate 110 on Saturday night. MDOT Project Engineer Mike Harter said 400 pounds of dynamite have been loaded into the bridge but the wiring needed for detonation will not be added until tonight.
The bridge is scheduled to blow sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Harter told WLOX News around 4:30 p.m. that MDOT was beginning to get reports of traffic backing up on Highway 90 in Biloxi. He said Interstate 110 will close promptly at 7 p.m.
Heavy traffic is beginning to take hold on Highway 90 in Biloxi as thousands of cars, trucks and spectators cram the roadways and sidewalks for Scrapin' the Coast. Biloxi police officials believe this is just the beginning of the traffic nightmare.
"Traffic is building up. You have crowds building up along Highway 90. We expect a slow and steady increase of traffic all day long," said Biloxi police Maj. Jim Adamo.
Later Saturday evening, the perfect storm of traffic conditions is expected to descend upon east Biloxi. Concert goers heading to the free Darius Rucker concert on Harrah's "Great Lawn" will be able to use Interstate 110 to get to the show before 7 p.m., but that option will not be open when the performance is over.
The interstate will be closed from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday so MDOT crews can bring down the Big Ridge Road Bridge in D'Iberville.
Biloxi police advise avoiding Highway 90 altogether if possible. They want to remind people to be aware of pedestrians and to be patient with police and traffic officials.
Scrapin' the Coast wraps up on Sunday.
If you are attending the Darius Rucker Concert MDOT reminds you to take Highway 90 east to Highway 609 and take that road up to Interstate 10.
Harter said to keep traffic on Highway 609 moving northbound, engineers will be stationed at each stop light and will manually operate each light to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
We will keep you updated on traffic conditions throughout the day on WLOX News and WLOX.com.