Posts Tagged ‘roadbuilding’

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 […] [...]

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 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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Problems with paint, birds delay bridge project completion

COLUMBUS — It will likely be the end of September before the city can officially close out the Old Highway 82 bridge restoration project due to two factors — issues with the primer used in the painting process and a flock of protected migratory barn swallows who have made the construction site their temporary home. […] [...]

Construction underway on final segment of I-269

HOLLY SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has begun work on the last section of Interstate 269. The project will add more than six miles of I-269 from Shinault Road in Byhalia to Mississippi Highway 302 in Marshall County. Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert says in a news release that all sections of […] [...]

Construction to begin on new hurricane evacuation route

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work on a comprehensive highway project involving construction of roadway along Highway 607 in Hancock County, creating an additional hurricane evacuation route for local residents. The project was awarded to TCB Construction Company of Poplarville for $15.2 million. Crews will build two new […] [...]

Delta road project getting opposition from residents

GREENWOOD — Plans for the first phase of the anticipated Viking Road connector are underway, but some Leflore County taxpayers wish they weren’t. The proposed road is supposed to connect Mississippi Highway 7 to U.S. Highway 49, but the plan has been split into two phases because of a lack of funding. Phase I will […] [...]

OUR VIEW: At last, funding for roads and bridges are getting their due

If you’re drawing up a list of “Most Important Things That Occurred in Mississippi’s 2013 Legislature,” save a spot for the Senate leadership’s creation of a task force to explore ways to fix the nearly one-out-of-three state highways deemed to be in poor or mediocre shape and the one-out-of-four state bridges deemed structurally deficient or […] [...]

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