Scrapin’ the Coast kicks off this Friday along with a free concert by Darius Rucker on Saturday at Harrah’s Gulf Coast. All these activities are great for the Gulf Coast, but will put a strain on already congested traffic areas.
The demolition of the Big Ridge overpass will cause I-110 to be closed Saturday night through Sunday morning. With an estimated 45,000 people coming to the Coast for these local events, traffic on Highway 90 will be more congested than usual, as many roadways will be closed for the various construction projects Biloxi has underway. News 25 spoke to the Biloxi Police Department and has been assured that every available officer in the city and some from surrounding areas will be on hand to help traffic flow as smoothly as possible.
Captain Bruce Johnson had this to say in regards to staying safe on the road this weekend: "Just watch for pedestrians. That's our main concern, with this concert and with the Scrapin’ the Coast, people wanting to watch the nice vehicles over there. Just be very aware of pedestrian crossing and that you may have traffic delays. If you come down, be prepared to sit for a while in some areas."
Biloxi Police will be understanding of the situation, but will be issuing citations to anyone illegally parked.