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Mississippi highway construction on hiatus for holiday

Mississippi highway construction crews are being put on a long break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The state is suspending all construction and repair work on interstate and four-lane highways from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Monday. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says in a news release that the construction break is designed to provide maximum travel capacity in the ...

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Hattiesburg Paratransit Operator Named Best in America

Dan Reid, a non-emergency transportation services operator, has been named the 2017 Paratransit & Contracting Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA). Reid is co-owner and president of Grove Transit in Hattiesburg. Reid, formerly a business consultant for mergers and acquisitions, bought out a failing transportation company seven years ago. Since then, he has turned ...

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Just one more year is the refrain on I-55 construction near Byram

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT After five years Mississippi Department of Transportation is ready to complete the widening of I-55 between Jackson and Byram by next August. MDOT had important reasons for taking on the 7.5 mile project by adding two more lanes to the four-lane road, as explained by its District Five Engineer, Brian Ratliff. “Well, there were two things ...

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Tupelo stays with Contour for commercial air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Contour Airlines will continue to provide air service for the All-America City after the Tupelo Airport Authority voted 4-1 today to stick with the company. The lone dissenter was board chairman Larry Decker, who wanted more time to look at the proposals by Contour and Boutique Air. And in an expected move, the affirmative ...

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Officials: Vote should cover costs to solve transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said during a speech last week that each 1 cent tax increase on a gallon of motor fuel generates about $20 million annually. Based on that calculation, the state’s current 18.4 cent per gallon motor fuel tax would have to be more than doubled to generate the ...

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Senator’s plan to raise taxes for transportation maintenance

Mississippi residents could vote on a state lawmaker’s plan that would raise taxes and fees to pay for needed renovations to roads and bridges. Mississippi Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall on Monday announced the bill Republican state Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl plans to introduce next year, The Clarion-Ledger reports . Kirby’s plan is in draft phase and includes a statewide ...

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Hall bemoans lack of effort to fix highways, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall donned a red “Make Mississippi roads great again” hat Monday as he talked about the state’s transportation needs and the Legislature’s unwillingness to tackle the issue. Hall said some in the Legislature must think his multiple warnings that the state needs to spend significantly more on transportation are ...

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Tupelo Airport to mull airline bids a little longer

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – While Contour Airlines has emerged as the leading candidate to continue providing air service in the All-America City, the airport board isn’t quite ready to make a final decision. Contour has provided 30 weekly flights between Tupelo and Nashville since April of last year, and its contract expires in March. It wants ...

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Gas tax might not be unpopular for roads, bridges

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – A recent Millsaps poll rejecting the idea of increasing the gasoline tax might not mean Mississippians oppose a tax increase for road and bridge needs, one of the poll’s sponsors and a leading advocate for spending more on transportation both agree. As a matter of fact, the Mississippi Economic Council cites four ...

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Millsaps poll finds support for transportation, not gas tax hike

   By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal A plurality of Mississippians believe improving the state’s transportation system should be the Legislature’s top priority, but an overwhelming number oppose increasing the tax on gasoline – viewed by many as the most logical way to pay for additional road and bridge needs. Those results were revealed in a poll released Wednesday by ...

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