BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With thousands expected to attend Spring Break activities along the coast this weekend, heavy traffic is anticipated for the festivities. Tuesday evening, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller told the city council his plan to handle traffic.
Tuesday afternoon, city crews were busy placing barricades along Highway 90 in Biloxi ahead of the Spring Break events. This is all part of a plan to keep pedestrians and motorists safe over the weekend as heavy traffic moves in the area.
Biloxi Police Chief John Milller said traffic will pick up mid-day to midnight Friday on Highway 90 from Rodenburg Avenue to Cowan-Lorraine Road.
"Saturday you can expect that congestion probably from White Avenue all the way to Cowan-Lorraine Road. From mid-afternoon, it will be bumper to bumper," Miller said.
This weekend, events are expected in Biloxi at MGM Park, the Coast Coliseum, and some restaurants and bars along Highway 90. Miller said he's modified this year's traffic plan to ensure gridlock doesn't become a big issue. Parking bays will close at 10 p.m. Pedestrians will only be able to cross Highway 90 at crosswalks.
In the past, the city only closed down the turnarounds on Highway 90. But this year the police department has a different plan.
"If we have to close down the side streets to Highway 90, we'll do that. What we're trying to do, and we don't want to inconvenience anyone, but what we're trying to do is stretch that traffic out east and west instead of having it all condensed in one area," Miller explained.
That means there would be no turning bays and no side streets for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. Then police would reopen those areas. Miller said it will relieve some congestion. Miller said DMR officers and Harrison County Sheriff's deputies will be assisting. And if other officers are needed, he said they'll make arrangements for more.