GULFPORT/BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - This Friday through Sunday, spring breakers are expected to descend on the beach in Biloxi and Gulfport. For locals, it means traffic will more than likely become an issue Saturday afternoon and through the night, and Hwy 90 should be avoided, if possible.
If Hwy 90 becomes so congested that public safety is a concern, the Gulfport Police Department will trigger their traffic diversion plan. If implemented, the following roadways would be affected:
- All east and westbound traffic on Highway 90 at the Cowan Road intersection would be diverted north onto Cowan Road. Traffic would then be sent north to Interstate 10 where traffic would be sent east towards Biloxi.
- All traffic southbound on Cowan Road from Interstate 10 or entering Cowan Road from the west would be sent south to Pass Road where traffic would be able to go west on Pass Road or continue south on Cowan Road to Highway 90 where traffic would be sent west.
- All traffic entering Cowan Road from the east would be sent north on Cowan Road to Interstate 10 and then sent east towards Biloxi.
- Traffic on the service drive from Debuys Road to Highway 90 westbound will remain open to all residents south of the tracks.
- Debuys Road will be closed from Highway 90 north to CT Switzer Road to all vehicular traffic excluding residents who live in the area north of the service drive.
The best way to avoid getting caught in the traffic diversion plan is to use alternate routes and avoid main thoroughfares such as Highway 90 and Cowan Road, especially during peak afternoon and evening hours. Remember, Anniston Avenue and Debuys Road are alternative routes to residents/guests returning to their homes or rentals. Police say Anniston Avenue is ideal because there's no direct connection to Highway 90.