Posts Tagged ‘bridge’

Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

by Associated Press Published: April 23,2013

Tags: accident, barge, boat, boater, boating, bridge, collision, navigation, river, ship, shipper, shipping, sink, sunk, towboat, transportation

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it. No decision has been […] [...]

River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

by Associated Press Published: April 22,2013

Tags: accident, barge, boater, boating, bridge, maritime, navigation, ship, shipper, shipping, sinking, sunk, towboat, trnsportation

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast […] [...]

Barge accident closes river, but flooding bigger worry

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg after barges hit a railroad bridge there yesterday and about 30 barges broke free from the towboat “Captain Buck Lay.” Nine towboats — six bound upriver and three heading downriver — with a total of 134 barges were waiting to get through yesterday evening, […] [...]

Senate votes to keep McGrath as head of MDOT

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has approved the appointment of Melinda McGrath, PE, to remain executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. McGrath’s appointment begins today and will end April 1, 2017, unless it is further extended. As executive director, McGrath, the first woman to serve as leader of MDOT, oversees MDOT’s more than […] [...]

Officials watching river walls during rainy weather

by Associated Press Published: March 27,2013

Tags: bridge, engineer, engineering, erosion, highway, infrastructure, river, transportation, travel, wall, Weather

VICKSBURG — Two concrete walls blasted into the Mississippi River bank below the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge are passing a tough test during a rainy start to 2013, bridge officials said, as the latest study on the Interstate 20 bridge shows piers moved at the same pace last year as its older neighbor. In […] [...]

Supervisors give firm more time on bridge work

CHATAWA — Pike County supervisors have agreed to give the contractor more time to complete work on the replacement of a bridge in the Chatawa community. The Enterprise-Journal reports contractor T.L. Wallace will have until May 17. The original deadline was April 2 but officials said recent rains hampered work on the project. The supervisors […] [...]

Second phase of drawbridge project to get underway next month

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work on the rehabilitation of the Interstate 110 Drawbridge in Biloxi, according to Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. The $8.2-million project, awarded to PCL Civil Constructors of Tampa, Fla., is the second and final phase of the renovation project. In 2011, MDOT completed a […] [...]

Motorists might pay more at the gas pump

JACKSON — A top lawmaker says Mississippi needs to increase its gasoline tax to pay for highway and bridge maintenance, but he concedes there’s little chance of it happening this year. House Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Johnson said 40 percent of Mississippi’s major roads and 28 percent of its highways are in poor or mediocre […] [...]

Bridge reopens after closing for floodwaters

by Associated Press Published: February 18,2013

Tags: bridge, cloure, flood, flooding, floodwater, highway, infrasturucture, open, rain, reopen, storm, transportation, travel, Weather

CLARKE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says Mississippi Highway 512 is back open near Quitman. Department spokeswoman Carrie Adams says a 1 ½-mile stretch in Clarke County closed last Wednesday because of flooding. She says it reopened yesterday after the water went back down. She says it was the only highway in the […] [...]

Towboat company paying for post-accident bridge inspection

VICKSBURG — A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span’s post-accident inspection. A two-barge tow pushed by the towboat Natures Way Endeavor, based in Theodore, Ala., struck the bridge at about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, causing one of the barges to […] [...]

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