Black Spring Break is back for its 12th year on the Mississippi Coast. From Thursday night’s Gulfport festivities to Sunday’s car show, an abundance of people and traffic will line US 90.
In its early days, traffic jams were an annual occurrence along the waterfront. The city of Biloxi developed a traffic plan to ensure the city could respond to emergencies and ever-increasing crowds.
“What’s unique about this event is that it has outdoor events, usually from the Colosseum to the beaches,” said Biloxi Police Captain Milton Houseman. “There will be DJs and live concerts throughout the day. From Pine Grove Avenue and Highway 90 to the Colosseum, there will be the greatest concentration of young people.
Traffic plan in Biloxi, Gulfport
Biloxi drivers can expect to see traffic cones lining US 90 between Interstate 110 and DeBuys Road this weekend, extending to Cowan Road if necessary.
“It will slow down traffic and make it easier for people to yield to pedestrians crossing the street,” Houseman said, calling the cones a safety measure.
The cones could also play a role in venting Highway 90 if traffic is blocked. “
We are closing these intersections and pushing traffic east and west only,” Houseman said. One lane of traffic will be closed to allow access for emergency vehicles and traffic will be pushed from US 90 to I-10. You can receive traffic alerts by texting BILOXI to 99411.
“Highway 90 is really the only lifeline you can cross in the area. There are only two ways to go from east to west. It’s Pass Road and Highway 90 — even Pass Road ends at the base,” Houseman said.
Houseman said traffic will peak on Saturday afternoon. He recommended using Pass Road instead of Highway 90, but locals are used to the routine.
“The good thing is if you want to go to 90, you’re probably going to the event,” he said. “People just have to be prepared to add 10-15 minutes to their commute.”
Due to anticipated spring break traffic along the highway. 90 and Pass Road, Coast Transit Authority service modified for this weekend.
Here’s what you need to know:
Friday’s Beachcomber route, the streetcar that connects Jones Park Beach along US 90 to the casinos in Biloxi, will end service around 12:35 p.m. at Edgewater Mall and discontinue Friday night routes, as well as service of Saturday and Sunday.
Route 34, which runs from 23rd Avenue in Gulfport to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Biloxi, will also limit service for the three-day weekend. On Friday and Saturday, there will be no service to Eisenhower Dr., CT Switzer Road or Edgewater Mall after 4:45 p.m. Pass Road will end service at approximately 6:53 p.m. The route will resume Pass Road stops on Sundays, but expect some traffic. delays.
For more route information, contact CTA at 896-8080 or visit www.coasttransit.com.