OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Thanks to an MDOT decision, the city of Ocean Springs can now place a pole on the Biloxi Bay Bridge that will hold security cameras.
It's news well received for residents like Debi Manuel of Vancleave, who has been walking the Biloxi Bay Bridge for years. Manuel carries pepper spray for protection, but says she's happy about progress on the cameras.
"I think it's a good idea and if Biloxi could do their lights, like they said they couldn't, I think that would be a good idea too," said Manuel.
Cameras or not, residents say they think the bridge is safe.
"I feel it's pretty safe without cameras, but it would even be more safe," said Rick Hackney. "Especially, like, I say for the women folk. It'd be a good thing."
The news is also a victory for organizations like Women Against Violence Everywhere. The organization has held several bridge walks to call for security cameras after a November 2014 incident in which a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted.
The group spent a year trying to collect $10,000 for the two cameras; one facing toward Biloxi and the other toward Ocean Springs. Former Pascagoula attorney Bob Wilson donated $8,000 for the cameras in January.
As city officials wait on the cameras to arrive, Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran says she hopes crews will be able to install the cameras sometime within the next week.