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Survey finds seat belt usage declining as fatalities rise

JACKSON — New data from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety shows the observed belt usage rate is at 74.4 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent in 2012, officials said yesterday in a news release. Fatalities also increased last year. In 2013, 613 people died from traffic accidents in Mississippi, a 5.3 percent increase from […] [...]

DeSoto County joins traffic congestion-mitigation project

HERNANDO — DeSoto County has agreed to participate in a major $9.5 million traffic congestion-mitigation project. The Commercial Appeal reports that the roadway project aims largely at busy Goodman Road (Mississippi Highway 302), Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 51 affecting Horn Lake, Southaven and Olive Branch and Hernando. Projects include installation of 37 miles of […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

County spending its own money on road work

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County will get started this summer on a $5 million project to repave about 65 miles of potholes and pitted roads. The county will spend $3 million of its own money to pave about 40 miles. Another $2 million from the State Aid Road Fund will resurface 25 miles of roads. The […] [...]

Crews lower sand level in fight to keep highway clear

HARRISON COUNTY — Sand is a road hazard drivers along U.S. Highway 90 in Harrison County know all too well. WLOX-TV reports work is underway that should keep more sand on the beach and off the roadway. While Harrison County crews worked to clear huge amounts of sand from the medians in Biloxi yesterday, over […] [...]

State agency providing funds for Delta city beautification

GREENWOOD — Transportation funds will help the City of Greenwood continue its beautification of downtown. The city is planning new sidewalks and street lamps for Main Street to produce a cohesive look and feel among city blocks. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the city will get $1.12 million from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Fight over controversial movie theater continues

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch community remains in the lurch about whether a controversial movie theater will be constructed near its homes. The Commercial Appeal reports the developer has filed an appeal in DeSoto County Circuit Court about Board of Aldermen decisions he said are preventing a theater from being developed near Wedgewood subdivision. […] [...]

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