Spring break is upon us, which means thousands of people will be flocking to the beaches here on the Gulf Coast.
News 25’s Kristen Anzuini tells us what you can expect on the roads with all of the extra people in town.
It’s been dubbed “Black Beach Weekend” by some, others just refer to it as spring break.
But whatever you call it, this event brings tens of thousands of people down to the coast each year.
Shawn Guider, owner of Shawn’s Petit Bois Wine and Liquors says, “During the black spring break or spring break weekend it is our biggest weekend for the entire year. We out do Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve, St. Patty’s Day or Christmas Eve.”
On March 14, Highway 90 didn’t look too bad, but that is going to change soon in a few weeks when black beach weekend rolls around. In the past, cars have been bumper to bumper, but the city of Biloxi does have a plan to alleviate any traffic nightmares.”
Vincent Creel with the City of Biloxi says, “We are going to have limited traffic on Highway 90. It is going to be limited to one lane so that we will have room for emergency vehicles but one thing people should know, we have the traffic plan in place and ready to go, but if traffic is moving ok, then we will let traffic keep moving. We don’t get in there and make changes to it when changes don’t need to be made ”
While locals and tourists alike are familiar with the traffic plans, many don’t understand the important reason behind it.
“It is a public safety issue. We have to make sure that emergency vehicles get from east to west and west to east. When you are at home and you dial 911, you want to know what police and fire are going to be able to get there,” says Creel.
If you would like traffic updates, text Biloxi to 8-8-8-7-7-7.