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Security cameras to be installed at Byram Swinging Bridge

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hinds County is fighting back against vandals at the Byram Swinging Bridge.

The board of supervisors approved funds that will allow security cameras to be installed at the recently renovated landmark. Signs will be posted to warn any potential criminals.

Funds will also be used to replace some of the older wooden boards on the bridge

Hinds County spent more than $500,000 making repairs to the eye-catching landmark, which was built in 1905.

However, vandals struck shortly after the renovation was completed in July.

Electrical wires could be seen coming up from the concrete and black posts, which were meant to serve as light fixtures, were left lying on the ground.

One Byram resident said it's a disgrace to something that symbolizes their city.

"They can leave it like it is and administer it like they have been and in six months it will be right back where it was. There will be spots burned in the bridge. They will be driving vehicles and motorcycles across it," says one Byram resident.

The bridge is in Hinds County. The Mississippi Department of Transportation granted the county $550,000 several years ago to revitalize the structure.

"I'm going to be talking to Hinds County about my patrolmen coming down here and just watching it. And the road needs some work so that's something we'll have to work towards," says Mayor Richard White.

Byram Mayor Richard White, who has no control over the bridge, says this is a symbol of his city and he wants it to be welcoming to residents and visitors.

"All in all the bridge looks great and we are going to do what we can to keep it nice," says Mayor Richard White.

"Either Hinds County needs to step it up or they just need to barricade it off and stop people from coming down here," says Byram resident.

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