South Mississippi cities reveal holiday-traffic plans

Jackson County sheriff, state troopers tell safety plans

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 3, 2014 

GULFPORT -- A section of U.S. 90 will be shut down temporarily tonight to allow people to cross the beachfront highway after a fireworks display at Jones Park.

Gulfport police said the area between 15th Street and U.S. 49 will be closed to all vehicles from 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Those who plan to drive down U.S. 90 during that time will have to use an alternate route.

Gulfport's fireworks display will start about 8:45 p.m.

After the show, motorists leaving Jones Park will be directed to 25th Avenue, where traffic will be allowed to go north or continue west.

Those who want to leave the park from the south side of 20th Street will not be able to get on U.S. 90 until pedestrian traffic has cleared.

Ocean Springs

In other Independence Day traffic plans, Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt said marine patrol officers will be on duty near Front Beach for the city's fireworks display. Family activities start at 7 p.m. at Fort Maurepas Park. Fireworks will begin at 8:45 p.m.

Britt said marine patrol officers and deputies will be out in force throughout the weekend.

Pascagoula

Starting at 6 p.m., Beach Boulevard will be closed between Westwood and Oliver streets for the fireworks show. The street closure will be extended from Westwood to 11th Street starting at 8:45 p.m.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol's traffic enforcement campaign will run from 6 tonight through midnight Sunday.

MHP Lt. Johnny Poulos said all state troopers will be on duty to help motorists stay safe. State troopers will have safety checkpoints set up. He said they will be using radar and will be looking for distracted drivers.

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