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Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Federal safety regulators shut down bus companies

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Federal bus safety regulators announced that they have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe carriers. Affected companies in Mississippi are Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC, and CC Rider Coach. Here is a state-by-state list of 49 companies that were shut down by the […] [...]

TRIP releases report on state’s crumbling roads, bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than two-thirds of Jackson’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in either poor or mediocre condition, more than one fifth of the state’s bridges need repair or replacement, and Mississippi’s drivers experience growing congestion and delays, according to a report from TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization. In addition to […] [...]

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