Biloxi prepares for Spring Break traffic

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With Spring Break on the Coast just days away, the City of Biloxi has begun preparations for one of their busiest weekends of the year. In the past, the event has created its share of traffic congestion for drivers, causing Biloxi to implement a ‘traffic plan.’

It’s that time of year again when the Gulf Coast is the main attraction for tens of thousands of spring breakers. With that, traffic is becoming a main concern. Cecilia Dobbs-Walton with the City of Biloxi said, “What they do when there is a large event, of course, the city, the police department implements a traffic plan which helps for traffic to flow smoothly and to help for emergency vehicles to get through when there are large crowds and a lot of mounted traffic.”

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Dobbs-Walton tells News 25 that although the traffic plan will be in place, it is not designed to be used for the entire weekend. “We’ll only do that when there is, like, major congestion like traffic isn’t moving. Again, they just have to have that access mainly for emergency vehicles because they have had events that have been congested and emergency vehicles have been delayed and they don’t want that to happen.”

Beginning on Thursday, motorists will see the public works department setting up traffic cones in the center lanes of Highway 90 between I-110 and Debuys Road. Even with the traffic plan, motorists should still expect to see some delays. “Again, there’s a lot of people that are going to be coming into the city, expected to come into the city during the weekend so we just ask motorists going around just to be patient and prepare to leave early and expect some possible traffic delays.”

For those planning on driving on Highway 90 over the weekend, they can text ‘Biloxi’ to 888-777 to receive up to date traffic alerts and advisories.