Motorists traveling U.S. 90 in Biloxi can see barricades pre-positioned near U.S. 90 intersections, a signal that spring break and a flurry of traffic could be in the offing this weekend.
According to the website Biloxi Black Beach Weekend, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum will be hosting a Friday evening concert featuring Mario, Pastor Troy and Lil Scrappy, and on Saturday afternoon visitors to the Coliseum will find a car show, bikini contest and musical performances by Hot Boy Ronald, Gotty Boi Chris, Monsta With Da Fade and others. Events also are scheduled at Club Illusions II, according to the website.
“We certainly want everyone to have a great time because it sounds like the weather is going to be nice this weekend,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, “but as far as crowds and traffic, it’s just like it normally is every year: We don’t know how many people to expect, so we’re preparing for the unknown. We may have a little, we may have a lot.
“Our best advice to people is to expect more traffic than normal this weekend and expect more people than normal. If you don’t want to be caught up in the event, take alternate routes where possible.”
Biloxi police leaders – who implement traffic plans for such events as Mardi Gras, Cruisin’ the Coast and other large gatherings – may prohibit left turns at many U.S. 90 intersections if traffic becomes heavy, Miller said.
“We’ve pre-positioned the barricades, just in case we need to take steps to keep traffic moving, and we’ll have extra officers on duty because of the sheer number of people we could see.”
A command post manned by Biloxi Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department will be set up Friday in the parking lot at Edgewater Mall.
“We’re advising motorists who want to avoid any traffic congestion to use I-10 or other alternate routes,” Miller said this afternoon. “If you go on Highway 90, expect delays. That’s our message right now.”
See the Black Beach Weekend website
See the overall weekend preview