Posts Tagged ‘bridge’

Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach […] [...]

Report criticizes MDOT’s accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

JACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges. The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for […] [...]

Commission approves design of new bridge

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez’s Bridge of Sighs project has been approved by a local preservation commission. The Natchez Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a conceptual design by landscape architect Jared Acy. The Natchez Democrat reports that the project had been delayed for past couple of months after the commission asked the City of […] [...]

County to pick up tab for bridge replacement

HERNANDO — DeSoto County is spending $416,365 to replace an aging wood-supported bridge over Cowpen Creek near Horn Lake Elementary School. Officials said the bridge is of the few remaining timber-piling bridges left in the county. Consulting engineer Tracy Huffman of the Hernando-based Waggoner firm said replacing it with a span with a double-cell concrete […] [...]

TRIP releases report on state’s crumbling roads, bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than two-thirds of Jackson’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in either poor or mediocre condition, more than one fifth of the state’s bridges need repair or replacement, and Mississippi’s drivers experience growing congestion and delays, according to a report from TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization. In addition to […] [...]

County, landowners cannot reach agreement on bridge project

VAIDEN — Carroll County has made agreements to buy land from eight of 10 landowners needed in a bridge project on a county road. County Attorney Kevin Horan said the county may have to go to court to settle with the last two landowners. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the two landowners tried to settle […] [...]

City proposes sales tax to fix infrastructure woes

JACKSON — The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure. WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community. The mayor says the city needs an estimated $1.2 […] [...]

MDOT: Drawbridge project progressing, getting new technology

BILOXI — As part of the $8.2-million Interstate 110 Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work to replace all of the original mechanical and electrical systems that have been in place since 1976. MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King says the new technology will improve the long-term performance of […] [...]

Bridge dedicated, named for late legislator

CHICKASAW COUNTY — A bridge in Chickasaw County will now be called the Representative William “Billy” E. Bowles Memorial Bridge. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the bridge was dedicated to the late Mississippi lawmaker in a ceremony yesterday in Houston. The bridge is located west of Houston at the intersection of Mississippi Highways 8 and […] [...]

MDMR uses sonar to identify debris in bay

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has identified a large piece of concrete near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge after using a sidescan sonar in the area Wednesday. Staff in the Marine Fisheries and Marine Patrol departments found a piece of concrete about 15 feet long that is two feet below the water’s surface, […] [...]

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