Problems arise after residents request Spring Break traffic passes

Problems arise after residents request Spring Break traffic passes

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Many residents are still worried about the potential traffic problems ahead of this year's spring break weekend in Biloxi. In an effort to combat residents' concern, city officials handed out passes to residents who live near the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

"Last year there was a plan where people who live immediately west of the Coliseum were given some passes so that they could go through the north parking lot of the Coliseum. So, it really worked out well," said Biloxi's public affairs manager Vincent Creel.

However, problems arose this year when city officials said everyone started asking for passes.

"We apologize for any confusion that may have been caused by talk of passes but it's primarily just for these people who are right here at ground zero for spring break," said Creel.

Aside from the passes, the city has created a traffic plan that limits traffic to one lane east- and westbound so emergency vehicles can travel around the weekend traffic.

"We must keep one lane open for emergency vehicles," explained Creel. "There's no way around that. We have to respond when anybody, whether it's something at spring break or something at somebody's house, needs help."

Officials say the passes will allow those residents access to certain streets and roadways that may be blocked off to other motorists, but the passes are only for residents who live west of the Coliseum.

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