Posts Tagged ‘streets’

Council rejects mayor’s $10M bond issue for streets

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has overwhelmingly rejected a $10-million bond issue for street repaving, a stinging rebuke of Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s agenda in the waning months of his current term. Council members gave varying reasons for the measure’s defeat, but Budget Committee chairwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon blamed it on an unwillingness among members […] [...]

Project to make Capitol Street two-way to begin this year

JACKSON — A project to turn the main thoroughfare in downtown Jackson into a two-way street is expected to start by year’s end. The city must have state approval for construction plans on the Capitol Street project by Sept. 30. Work needs to begin no later than January, or it will miss out on millions […] [...]

County leaders want to know why highway project is delayed

PEAR RIVER COUNTY — State transportation officials are to discuss the $10 million four-laning of U.S. 11 in a meeting this week with Pearl River County leaders. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the project will be delayed, raising questions from local officials. County Engineer Les Dungan tells the Picayune Item the project […] [...]

Supervisors approve update to county’s hazard-mitigation plan

WIGGINS — The Stone County Board of Supervisors has approved an update of the county’s hazard-mitigation plan. Emergency management director Raven James tells The Sun Herald FEMA requires the county to have the updated five-year plan in order to receive funding in the case of a natural disaster or emergency. James says projects outlined in […] [...]

Senators lobbying House to pass BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are hoping the House of Representatives will look favorably on “overwhelming” Senate support for legislation that will direct fines from the BP oil spill to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. The Senate yesterday approved (74-22) the Moving Ahead for Progress in […] [...]

‘Fracking’ leads county officials to call for highway widening

AMITE COUNTY — An increase in oilfield activity in Amite County is bringing a call for the state to four-lane Highway 24 in southwest Mississippi between McComb and Liberty. The Enterprise-Journal reports the issue came up during a discussion of oil drilling among members of the Pike County Economic Development District board. Amite County has […] [...]

Stores petition MDOT to delay downtown road project

SUMMIT — Merchants in Summit are protesting a plan to shut down a main downtown thoroughfare and disrupt Easter and Mother’s Day sales. The Enterprise-Journal reports the merchants have asked the Mississippi Department of Transportation to delay the partial shutdown of Robb Street. MDOT construction engineer Ken Morris says a contract has been signed and […] [...]

City working with MDOT on downtown transporation improvements

RIPLEY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently working with the City of Ripley on an LPA (local public agency) transportation improvement project in the downtown area. MDOT oversees LPA projects that utilize federal funds with local matching funds. The projects must adhere to federal guidelines and regulations. The LPA project in Ripley […] [...]

County adopts another, more expensive road plan

CANTON — Madison County has a new road plan for the second time in two weeks. The Clarion-Ledger reports the new plan not only costs $1,170 more than the last one, but also drops one road, adds four others and puts in place a new policy that requires cities to pay half the cost of […] [...]

MDOT: Oxford-area road projects still on, but moving slowly

LAFAYETTE COUNTY — State transportation officials say road projects in the Oxford area are still on the drawing board — they are just being drawn very slowly. Last year, the Mississippi Department of Transportation presented the city and Lafayette County a proposal that lumped a new Highway 6 intersection with two other projects. The Oxford […] [...]

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