Posts Tagged ‘bridges’

Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

Giving further credence to the idea that to everything there is a season, a Mississippi legislator may find more job security driving a loaded-down tractor trailer over a crumbling bridge in the Delta than supporting a full fix for roads and bridges at the outset of the 2015 election season. Even beyond the 2015 elections, […] [...]

ONE MORE YEAR: Leaders want year more of study on comprehensive road, bridge upkeep

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportations

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee is hugely disappointed that Mississippi business leaders want to put off addressing a growing backlog of road and bridge upkeep until the 2016 session. Knowing that Republican legislative leaders likely will willingly go along with an extra year of delay, committee Chairman Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, will […] [...]

MBJ February 21st Digital Edition

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Revving at right time? Road, bridge funding efforts gain traction

by Published: January 10,2014

Tags: bridges, Louisiana, Mississippi, money, Politics, safety, transportation

Last month, yet another group was in Mississippi raising the issue of the state’s crumbling roads and bridge and a lack of funding to repair them. TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization, held a news conference in Jackson, giving some of the same numbers and figures touted by other groups pushing for more road […] [...]

MDOT’s Hall no longer solo in bid for road, bridge fix-up money

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, roads, transportation

Slightly less than two years ago former legislator and current Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall could not cite a single business leader or industry group outside of the Mississippi Road Builders Association that backed his campaign for better road and bridge upkeep. Hall still hasn’t got a truckload of endorsements, but he has brought […] [...]

Study panel in final preparations for state road maintenance proposals

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: bridges, Business, Mississippi, roads, transportation

The Mississippi Senate Highway Study Committee’s search for answers to funding upkeep of roads and bridges may well end in Arkansas, where voters last year approved a half-penny, 10-year sales tax projected to raise $1.8 billion for highway projects. Committee Chair Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, has not declared a front runner in the recommendations […] [...]

Bad bridges list draws strong reaction

Few people know Jones County better than Mitch Stennett, a long-time resident and head of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. Yet, even he was surprised by the number of suspect bridges in his county and where they are located per the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). “Two bridges on the Ellisville-Tuckers Crossing Road are […] [...]

Read the June 21 issue of MBJ

by Published: June 21,2013

Tags: bridges, Darden North, healthcare

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RED MARKS THE SPOT: Bad bridges in Mississippi may be closer than you think

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI: It is one thing to see the figures on Mississippi’s thousands of bad bridges; it’s another to see them marked on a map and listed individually. The National Bridge Inventory, through the Office of State Aid Road Construction in Jackson, offers a map that pinpoints exactly where the weakest bridges are, marking them […] [...]

State has more than 200 weight-limited bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- Motorists hardly notice them, but posted bridges are a concern for commercial vehicles and can be a hindrance to economic development and a transportation safety issue. Posted bridges are not structurally deficient or obsolete. However, they have a limit to their weight-bearing capacity, and vehicles exceeding that limit can cause structural damage. While […] [...]

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