BILOXI -- Police have re-opened all of Division Street after a portion of it was closed in response to a gas leak.
Police had shut down the street from from Caillivet to Graham streets about 1 p.m. Wednesday. They re-opened it starting at Interstate 110 sometime after 2 p.m. to allow cruisers and other motorists to exit the city at I-110. The rest of the roadway was reopened just before 2:30 p.m.
City spokesman Vincent Creel said the area was not part of the route for Biloxi's Cruisin' The Coast block party. Cruisers coming to downtown from U.S. 90 had been directed to take a different route.
But once the block party ended, cruisers and others couldn't get on I-110 at Division.
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Creel said crews worked as quickly as they could so police could re-open all of Division as soon as possible.
Police Chief John Miller said the initial closure did not affect cruisin' traffic, though. Cruisers heading for the downtown block party from U.S. 90 had been directed to take White Avenue and Irish Hill to Howard Avenue. And in anticipation of heavy traffic, Keesler Air Force Base has shut down its gate at White Avenue from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. since Monday.
Creel said the road closure was most inconvenient for local residents.
"There's heavy cruisin' traffic, and a lot of locals are looking for alternate routes," Creel said.