Posts Tagged ‘infrastructure’

Commission votes to retain Louisiana firm for bridge inspections

VICKSBURG — A Louisiana company will continue to do annual inspections of the old U.S. 80 Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted Wednesday to keep Baton Rouge-based G.E.C. on retainer for $15,000 a year. The company writes reports annually that note the structural stability of the 83-year old railroad crossing. This […] [...]

City to hold meetings over major sewer/water rate hike plan

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss a proposed water and sewer rate hike. Water rates would rise 29 percent under the proposal, from $2.48 to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons. Sewer rates would more than double, from $2.15 to $4.47 per 100 […] [...]

County officials await bridge report; could need replacement

GULFPORT — Authorities in Harrison County expect to have a report on the inspection of the Lorraine Road Bridge within two weeks. Gulfport chief engineer Kris Riemann tells WLOX that the report from Volkert Engineering will provide data for a new rating for the bridge. If the rating is too low, it likely will mean […] [...]

Council approves measures needed for construction of new mall

D’IBERVILLE — The D’Iberville City Council has approved the zoning change and variances Gulf Coast Galleria needed for the go-ahead and the developers expect to start construction of the mall in the spring. The Sun Herald reports those attending yesterday’s meeting applauded when Mayor Rusty Quave introduced the team of developers who are going to […] [...]

Road project expected to spur casino development

BILOXI — The extension of Back Bay Boulevard won’t quite complete “the loop” around East Biloxi but it will be enough for casino developers to invest millions in the city. The Sun Herald reports city council members heard a proposal yesterday for using $5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority to complete Phase I of […] [...]

New mayor proposes rate, tax hikes in Capital City

JACKSON — Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has proposed sweeping water and sewer rate hikes and a one-time tax increase that together will raise more than $36 million in new revenue. In his remarks to the Jackson City Council yesterday, Lumumba repeatedly returned to the theme of doing what is necessary, instead of what is politically convenient. […] [...]

New flyover bridge nears completion; will open to traffic this week

NATCHEZ — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion of the Highway 61/Highway 84 Flyover Bridge Project in Natchez. The prime contractor is currently preparing the bridge for painting. Crews are placing a concrete island on the northbound lane and working on landscaping by placing sod in the open areas around the flyover […] [...]

Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is […] [...]

I-69 draft plan done; consultant to meet with supervisors, commissioners

HERNANDO — Planning officials in DeSoto County say a draft plan for development of the future Interstate 69 international trade corridor has been completed. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal that the plan, almost three years in the making, is designed to guide development along the traffic corridor through the county. Project consultants […] [...]

Supervisors award infrastructure contracts for steel plant expansion

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have awarded contracts for an access road, rail spur and loading pad portions of the expansion for the local Mississippi Steel Processing plant. The Commercial Dispatch reports the board accepted recommendations from county engineer Bob Calvert on the contracts. Okolona-based Ausbern Construction was selected to build the access road after […] [...]

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