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Jackson seeks $15M for 3 main corridors

JACKSON — Jackson is seeking a $15 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve portions of State Street, Capitol Street and Medgar Evers Boulevard. Robert Lee, the city’s construction and engineering manager, tells The Clarion-Ledger a decision on the application should be known this fall. Lee said if the state receives the grant money, it would ...

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Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

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Dick Hall: Mississippi’s economic future is tied to its highway system

At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, Highway Commissioner Dick Hall talked about the importance of highways and transportation to the economic health and future of Mississippi. “Obviously, if you don’t have a good transportation network, then companies who might come to Mississippi will ask themselves whether they can get their goods in and ...

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Dredge Jadwin has been keeping channels of the Mighty Mississippi open since 1933

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) affectionately refers to the Dredge Jadwin as “a River Heroine.” The machine known as a dustpan dredge built in 1933 is still in operation keeping the channels of the Mississippi River open for shipping. The Mississippi River plays a critical role in the nation’s transportation system. “It is the cheapest way to move ...

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I-55 construction work around Jackson is expected to stretch well into 2015

Several projects are underway on Interstate 55 in the Jackson Metro area by the Mississippi Department of Transportation in an effort to keep traffic flowing smoothly in the growing region. These projects, their approximate costs and estimated completion dates include the following: » Lakeland Drive improvements — approximately $1.7 million; estimated completion, November 2014. » Split-Diamond interchange, Madison — approximately ...

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General aviation has big impact across the state

Can you name the busiest airport in the state of Mississippi? The surprising answer is Olive Branch, and the reason is simple. “Location, location, location,” said manager David Taylor. “We’re 10 miles from Memphis International and 5 miles due south of FedEx world headquarters.” It is classified as a reliever airport for Memphis but that’s a misnomer, said Taylor. “We’re ...

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Airlines take flights — Decisions on adding and subtracting routes ‘the secret recipe of our industry’

In its 50 years of operation, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, has seen flights and airlines come and go. Delta dropped its service to Memphis earlier this year and most recently Southwest Airlines said it is going to discontinue its Jackson-Baltimore service. “We anticipate a dropoff in passenger load as well,” said Rene Woodward, chief administrative officer of the Jackson ...

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On-board technology standard for truckers — Days of radio chatter are gone as drivers adapt to computerization in the cabs of 18-wheelers

“Breaker, Breaker, hello good buddy. What’s your handle?” Lots of chitchat used to fill the CB radio airwaves during truck drivers’ long hours behind the wheel of 18-wheelers. It was a way to pass the lonely times, stay in touch with company headquarters and exchange information. That was then and this is now — smart phones with all their super ...

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Sending a five-second text while driving can be deadly

All the latest technology can lead to a tethered, never-unplugged lifestyle, including texting at any time, anywhere, even while driving. This is a behind-the-wheel distraction that can lead to deadly results. AT&T has a campaign underway called It Can Wait, meaning no text message is so important it can’t wait. Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T Mississippi, says the campaign is ...

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New Gulfport-Biloxi Airport director has varied governmental experience

There’s a new executive director leading the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. On May 23, Clay Williams of Ocean Springs took the reins of the state’s second busiest airport. With a passenger count of 800,000 in 2011, Gulfport-Biloxi falls just under the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Jackson. Williams, 38, brings a background of government service to the job, including government relations representative ...

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