Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

Commission approves shut down of dangerous I-55 exit

JACKSON — Officials have approved plans to fix one of Interstate 55’s most congested and dangerous exit ramps in Jackson. During a recent Mississippi Transportation Commission meeting, plans to improve the traffic capacity, flow and safety at the I-55 north exits to Lakeland Drive West were discussed and approved. The modification project will make several […] [...]

City cracking down on non-licensed taxicabs

VICKSBURG — Complaints from Vicksburg residents and taxi companies have moved police to crack down on bootleg cabs operating in violation of a local ordinance. Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Vicksburg Post that police have received calls from some city residents complaining about the cabs, adding one resident has made several complaints about the […] [...]

Senators have concerns over airline merger’s impact

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have sent a letter to the Transportation Secretary and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over concerns about the possible impact in Mississippi by the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger. Cochran and Wicker wrote: “It is our understanding that the Departments of Transportation and Justice […] [...]

Silver Airways service woes impacting air travel numbers

TUPELO — Commercial air service is no longer a convenient or reliable option for many in Tupelo. And the numbers reflect it. Last year, enplanements — the airline industry’s term for boardings — in Tupelo reached 5,661, a 31 percent drop from a year earlier and the lowest total in at least 28 years at […] [...]

Head of special transportation panel insists ‘not going to accept failure’

by Ted Carter Published: January 17,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, roads, transportation, upgrades

Media reports speculate the Senate Highways and Transportation Special Committee recommendations for funding road and bridge maintenance will wind up in the circular file almost as soon as the chair of the Senate Highway Appropriations Committee presents them. The chairman, Cleveland Democratic Sen. Willie Simmons, has read the news reports that the six months of […] [...]

Revving at right time? Road, bridge funding efforts gain traction

by Wally Northway Published: January 10,2014

Tags: bridges, Louisiana, Mississippi, money, Politics, safety, transportation

Last month, yet another group was in Mississippi raising the issue of the state’s crumbling roads and bridge and a lack of funding to repair them. TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization, held a news conference in Jackson, giving some of the same numbers and figures touted by other groups pushing for more road […] [...]

Wide loads to begin moving across state today

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a wide load permit to Bennett Motor Express. Bennett will move two super loads along an approved route from Pascagoula to the Georgia Pacific plant. Both loads are 25 feet wide, meet the legal height of under 13 and a half feet and are […] [...]

County to pick up tab for bridge replacement

HERNANDO — DeSoto County is spending $416,365 to replace an aging wood-supported bridge over Cowpen Creek near Horn Lake Elementary School. Officials said the bridge is of the few remaining timber-piling bridges left in the county. Consulting engineer Tracy Huffman of the Hernando-based Waggoner firm said replacing it with a span with a double-cell concrete […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Camellia Home Health and Hospice launches a new fleet of vehicles

by Wally Northway Published: December 20,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, transportation

Camellia Home Health and Hospice has flourished over the last 39 years, even through the recent downturn in the economy and deep reimbursement cuts. Now, Hattiesburg-based Camellia has rolled out a new fleet of 125 company-owned cars aimed at cutting expenses while also increasing its brand awareness. “Transportation costs are our third-largest expense behind salaries […] [...]

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