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Residents enjoying two-lane traffic on Front Beach Drive in Ocean Springs

Traffic is flowing smoothly on Front Beach Drive in Ocean Springs after authorities opened it up to two-way traffic on weekends through Labor Day. Traffic is flowing smoothly on Front Beach Drive in Ocean Springs after authorities opened it up to two-way traffic on weekends through Labor Day.
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An experiment with traffic control on Front Beach in Ocean Springs has worked so well that officials are trying it again.

For years, traffic on the road was limited to east bound only through the weekend.

But now, traffic is flowing freely both ways. And residents are happy about it.

Jessica Ryals is a frequent visitor to Front Beach, and she says the two-way traffic is a good thing even if it makes it slightly more difficult for pedestrians.

“Maybe a little bit if they're not used to the area,” she said. “That’s why you have to look both ways before you cross the street.”

The lane closure was designed to make traffic flow more efficient, but officials say the population isn’t as dense as it was when the restriction was implemented.

Not everyone we spoke with agreed with the decision, although it did make an easy exit from Fort Maurepas State Park.

"For the most part, I prefer it to be one lane,” said resident Heath Long. “Whenever they have the road closed off it’s a good thing because it keeps less traffic from going through.”

Officials began a 30-day test in early June. It worked well enough for them to vote this week to extend the change through Labor Day.

“I think it’s a great thing now that they have two lanes,” added resident Olivia Nash. “It’s more convenient than it was and the old way was inconvenient because you had to go out of your way and it kind of created more problems than it helped.”

Among the problems it created was the increased traffic on Washington Avenue, among other outlets.

Mark Wall lives just a block from the beach.

“We’ve had a lot of issues particularly at night with the sound from the traffic and people coming up from the beach, so I think having the traffic being able to filter both ways from front beach is going to be a good thing for all the neighbors and everybody in the community.”

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