Ocean Springs News

New Traffic Signal at Public Safety Complex

Press Release

For details and information concerning this release, please contact Anne Pitre, Public Relations Manager and Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, at 228-382-2086.

August 10, 2012 – for immediate release

City of Ocean Springs Installing New Traffic Signals at Public Safety Complex        


The City of Ocean Springs, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, will be installing new emergency traffic signals in front of the new Public Safety Complex at the intersection of Bienville Boulevard and Deana Road.  Funding of $89,000 for the new signals was provided by MDOT, through the Surface Transportation Program.  


“This is an important safety improvement that we hope the public will adjust to quickly,” said Mayor Connie Moran.  “When our fire trucks are roaring out of the new station onto the highway, we want everyone to be aware and safely yield.”


The public is urged to take heed of the following information:


  • The new signals will be mounted on poles on the sides of the road, rather than directly overhead.  The signals will be visible from all directions as motorists approach the intersection.
  • The signals will not be illuminated at all times.  They will only be illuminated once the controls are activated from within one of the buildings. 
  • The signals will have three phases:  flashing yellow, solid yellow, and flashing red.  The three phases are set to a timer.  However, if the signal is illuminated at all, motorists should assume that an emergency response vehicle is exiting the complex, and should proceed with the utmost caution and be prepared to stop.

Fire Chief Jeffrey Ponson adds, “The new light system will help us enter the highway faster than we are currently able to, and will improve safety for both emergency responders and for motorists traveling Bienville Boulevard.  I would also like to reiterate that motorists should approach this intersection with caution, and be prepared to stop if they see that the signal is lit at all, as responders could move faster than the timer controlling the light.”