Posts Tagged ‘bridges’

MBJ February 21st Digital Edition

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

by Wally Northway 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 Ted Carter 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 Ted Carter 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

by Wally Northway Published: June 28,2013

Tags: bridges, Economic Development Authority of Jones County, Jones County, MDOT, transportation

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 MBJ Staff 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

by Wally Northway Published: June 20,2013

Tags: bridges, Mississippi, National Bridge Inventory, transportation

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

by Wally Northway Published: June 14,2013

Tags: bridge repair, bridges, economic development, highways, MDOT, posted bridges, transporation

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 […] [...]

Read the June 14 issue of MBJ

by MBJ Staff Published: June 14,2013

Tags: Biloxi ballpark, bridges, JFK

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National report: State bridges not old, just neglected

In terms of time, Mississippi’s bridges are on the backside of middle age. But in bridge years, that’s almost youth-like. Mississippi’s bridges average 30.9 years in age while nationally the average bridge is 42 years old. Bridges are designed to last roughly 50 years, experts say, a statistic that tells you Mississippi’s bridges should have […] [...]

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