Posts Tagged ‘highway’

Officials want loop to connect casinos, beach with Back Bay

BILOXI — City officials want to complete the long-awaited loop around East Biloxi that would link the casinos and the beach with Back Bay. The Sun Herald reports the City Council voted to support an initiative to connect Back Bay Boulevard with U.S. Highway 90. David Nichols, the city’s chief administrative officer, says he’s looking […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Legislators comfortable with nearly $200M bond package

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a bond package of about $200 million for the coming year. Senate Finance Committee chairman Joey Fillingane says that includes about $96 million to be divided among the eight universities, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The package also has about $25 million for community […] [...]

Roadbuilder starts work on Pine Belt interstate project

LAUREL — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun a Jones County interchange improvement project at the Interstate 59-16th Avenue/Exit 95 interchange. The $1.18-million project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders of Laurel. The project will include the installation of a traffic signal and redesign of traffic flow at the interchange. When the project is […] [...]

Officials watching river walls during rainy 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 […] [...]

MDOT planning extra lanes for Coast highway

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is in the initial stages of a planned widening of U.S. Highway 90 to six lanes from Ocean Springs to Gautier. MDOT engineer Kelly Castleberry told The Mississippi Press surveyors have begun surveying the roughly 11 mile stretch of U.S. 90 — the only area of U.S. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Highway revenue bills die at deadline

Two bills that create new revenue for the construction and maintenance of Mississippi’s roads and highways died last week in committee. A bill filed by Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, would have increased the current 18 cent per gallon tax on gasoline. It died in the House Ways and Means Committee. A Senate bill authored by […] [...]

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