Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Transportation Commission’

Officials to dedicate segment of highway to late legislator

LEAKESVILLE — A segment of Mississippi Highway 63 in Greene County will be dedicated April 17 to state Sen. George Cecil McLeod Jr., D-Leakesville, who died in 2011. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King says dedication of the “Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway” will be at 2 p.m. at the Leakesville Presbyterian Church. […] [...]

MDOT: I-269 project passes halfway point

BATESVILLE — Construction continues on schedule for the I-269 project in North Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). All phases of the project are under construction with several more than halfway complete. In October 2013, one section of the project, from SR 302 to the Tennessee state line in Marshall County was completed. […] [...]

MDOT: Drawbridge project progressing, getting new technology

BILOXI — As part of the $8.2-million Interstate 110 Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work to replace all of the original mechanical and electrical systems that have been in place since 1976. MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King says the new technology will improve the long-term performance of […] [...]

Troubled interstate project remains on schedule

MADISON COUNTY — A multimillion-dollar project to widen lanes between two Madison County interchanges on I-55 is on schedule despite having to hire a new contractor. The Clarion-Ledger reports W.G. Yates and Son Construction Co. is working about 12 hours a day, seven days a week to reach the target completion date of November 2014. […] [...]

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MDOT’s Tagert enjoys promoting all modes of transportation

Before he ran in a special election to fill an unexpired term as Northern District Highway Commissioner, Mike Tagert got a taste of working with transportation issues as president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Economic Development Council. This group that focuses solely on logistics and the transportation component of bringing in new industry made him feel he […] [...]

McGrath stands on top rung

For Melinda McGrath, construction is a family tradition. The daughter of a contractor, McGrath’s early childhood memories growing up in Columbus were not riding bikes or playing games, but rather hanging out at building sites. “My mother died when I was young, so my father would take my brother and I with him to work,” […] [...]

Dellapenna honored

The Mississippi Transportation Commission has recognized MDOT enforcement officer Andrew Dellapenna for courageous actions that went above and beyond the call of duty. In February, Dellapenna responded to a report of a fisherman falling into frigid waters in a private lake near Kewanee in Lauderdale County. Upon arriving at the scene, he heard cries for […] [...]

Tagert brings strong background in public policy and waterways to Transportation Commission

The newest and youngest member of the Mississippi Transportation Commission, Northern District Commissioner Mike Tagert of Starkville has been on a unique learning curve since he joined commission after winning a special election in early February. “There are a lot of projects on the table, and I inherited a budget in mid process,” said Tagert. […] [...]

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