Police chief: Expect heavy Cruisin’ traffic, slowdowns

Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan is reminding motorists that they’ll be seeing an increase in traffic – and drivers who may be unfamiliar with Coast roadways – with thousands expected in town this week for Cruisin’ the Coast.

Dunagan is asking motorists to be patient, and prepare for heavy traffic and slowdowns in some areas of U.S. 90, and he’s also reminding Cruisers to obey traffic regulations.

Cruisin’ the Coast executive director Gene Oswalt says about 4,000 vehicles have registered for this year’s event. “They’re from all over the country,” Oswalt said. “This event, which is the largest special event in the state, involves the Coast’s three counties and seven cities, and should provide a much-needed shot in the arm, economically.”

Dunagan, meanwhile, said, “We want everyone to have a pleasant time and a safe time. Along those lines, we’re asking our locals to drive defensively, and we’re asking Cruisers to make sure to stay within the posted speed limit and avoid doing anything that could cause an accident.”

The police chief, a Corvette owner who has participated in previous Cruisin’ the Coast events, said Biloxi police expect heavy Cruisin’ traffic on U.S. 90, particularly near Edgewater Mall, the Coast Coliseum and at Treasure Bay’s property south of U.S. 90, where Cruisers are expected to gather.

Additionally, Dunagan said, traffic will be heavy on the I-110 highrise as Cruisers enter and leave the city for nearby destinations.

To see the Cruisin’ the Coast lineup of events, click here.