BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It may be hard to believe, but Cruisin' the Coast is right around the corner. That means thousands of visitors are about to be coasting along our thoroughfares. That kind of traffic will require quite a bit of prep work.
The City of Biloxi is working hard to complete several projects before the big week. There are only a few weeks left before thousands of people and cars fill downtown streets. Projects throughout the city are feeling the pressure.
"We're using this as a great opportunity to just step forward and get some things done," said city spokesman Vincent Creel.
According to Creel, there are multiple projects going on at the same time. One is in the Vieux Marche.
Creel says it's a site that hasn't been used for years and was in the process of being demolished. That demolition wasn't completed.
"What the city has done is stepped in and is cleaning up the pile of bricks now so we can clean up our downtown area," said Creel.
Other projects include the roadwork being done throughout the city. While much of that is still in its first year of construction, Creel said cruisers will only run into issues if they travel to East Biloxi north of the railroad.
The city is also adding nearly two dozen parking spaces right across the street from city hall. Creel said these improvements weren't initially intended to be Cruisin' preps, but the timing is pressing them to be.
"Along those lines, we're going to have our crews back on the front beach doing some cleanup work again," said Creel.
Creel thinks the work shouldn't be too hard to complete, because the city tries to keep maintenance up throughout the year.
"We're just going back and reinforcing what we've already done. It won't take nearly as long because we've already done all the heavy lifting," Creel said.
Creel is also calling on the cooperation of residents to get ready for the explosion of visitors.
"We're asking all of our front beach property owners and, quite frankly, property owners throughout the city to take steps to clean up their property, because we've got a lot of visitors coming in, and we want to put our best foot forward," said Creel.
This year, Cruisin' the Coast events start as early as Saturday, Oct. 3.