Busy, high-flying times ahead for U.S. 90

Biloxi Public Works crews began positioning barricades alongside intersections on U.S. 90 today, signaling what will be a busy time on the beachfront roadway over the next seven days.

Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler & Biloxi Air and Space Show doesn’t take place until Saturday and Sunday, but you can expect to see crowds begin to gather along the beachfront Friday when the Thunderbirds begin practice sessions.

Motorists also can expect to see traffic cones going down Wednesday night as the city prepares to implement its special-event traffic plan, which on Saturday and Sunday will limit the left lanes to emergency vehicles and shuttle buses that will transport air show fans from satellite parking venues in West Biloxi, East Biloxi and on Back Bay.

Meantime, two new front beach attractions will be opening later this week: The 100-room Hilton Garden Inn is scheduled to open on Thursday, May 9 and the city’s newest Waffle House opens Thursday at 2 p.m. Waffle House fans will notice it’s not the typical Waffle House. It’s elevated off the ground and swathed in brick, and offering views of the beach, Deer Island and the Mississippi Sound. (The nearby Watermark, by the way, is scheduled to open before the summer.)

Shortly after the weekend air show, perhaps as soon as Monday night, crews will begin hoisting the new pedestrian bridge into place just west of Main Street. It will connect the Hilton Garden Inn and the Watermark with the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and other waterfront attractions. MDOT is expected to confirm the pedestrian bridge timeline later this week, and traffic detours will be announced accordingly.
See details on the air show: parking and more
See the air show traffic plan
Gallery: See the new pedestrian bridge
Gallery: See the city’s newest Waffle House

News and notes: Weekly review, maps, council, traffic

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 135 calls for service, including 88 medical emergencies and seven fires; the Police Department handled 1,982 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 119 building permits with a construction valuation of more than $1 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

Infrastructure maps: The latest detailed maps of infrastructure work in East Biloxi are now online. To see the maps, along with a video of progress, click here.

City Council meeting: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. Do you know your ward and councilmember? Click here.

Traffic: To see the latest report on road construction and how its impacting traffic, and to see links to traffic cameras and traffic counts, click here.