Many Ocean Springs Residents Say A Bigger Bridge Is Better

The piles of concrete remind long-time Ocean Springs resident Donnie Bowman of heavy traffic, something he doesn't want for the future.

"I would like to see the six lane bridge that MDOT is proposing," Bowman says.

Mica Flaherty agrees. The Ocean Springs native doesn't want the city to lose its small-town charm, but she also sees the need for a big-time bridge.

"I wouldn't want anybody to pass up Ocean Springs, but it seems before the hurricane when we'd come visit, there'd be so much traffic and not enough roads for the traffic," Flaherty says.

Will Seidel doesn't believe a six lane bridge will hurt the local shops at all.

"People come to Ocean Springs because they come here. Things draw them. I don't believe the bridge is going to make a whole lot of difference. So we don't need to choke it down, the traffic and all, just need to get the people in the area," Seidel says.

"As a four lane, it's horrible trying to get across that bridge," Candy Cottage manager Michelle Foret says.

That's why Foret also votes for a six lane bridge. She says the more cars entering the city, the better.

"As a business owner, we would love it. We've talked about it here before. It would make it a lot easier for people to come across from the casinos to get to us," Foret adds.

Rodney Harvey doesn't care how wide the bridge is, just that it's built soon.

"I think we need to get the bridge built no matter whether it is four lanes or six lanes, because we need to get back to Biloxi. People need to get to work. It's silly just letting the bridge just sit there," Harvey says.

"Originally we thought four so we could get this bridge open. Now if everybody stops and thinks about it, we are building a bridge for the future. We're not building a bridge for today. Six lanes sounds very good to me," Biloxi resident Serena Gilich says.

The bridge that MDOT proposed would be 93 feet high and 120 feet wide. That's about twice as large as the old bridge. Because it's taller, no drawbridge would be needed.