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Highway revenue bills die at deadline

Two bills that create new revenue for the construction and maintenance of Mississippi’s roads and highways died last week in committee. A bill filed by Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, would have increased the current 18 cent per gallon tax on gasoline. It died in the House Ways and Means Committee. A Senate bill authored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Hattiesburg, would ...

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Supervisors want list of county's 10 worst roads

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have formed a committee to look for the county’s 10 worst roads. The group will report back to the board by June 15 so supervisors can decide how to repair some or all the roads. The Commercial Dispatch reports committee members include road manager Ronnie Burns, County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, county engineer Bob Calvert and ...

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Bridge reopens after closing for floodwaters

CLARKE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says Mississippi Highway 512 is back open near Quitman. Department spokeswoman Carrie Adams says a 1 ½-mile stretch in Clarke County closed last Wednesday because of flooding. She says it reopened yesterday after the water went back down. She says it was the only highway in the state closed by high water.

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Last phase of Highway 6 project nearing completion

LEE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation says work on the final phase of the four-laning of Highway 6 in Lee County is in its final phase. The last section remaining to be completed will run from Highway 342 in Pontotoc to Highway 45 in Tupelo. WTVA TV reports the $26-million project was awarded to APAC-Mississippi Inc. The work ...

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City leaders want U.S. 90 named a scenic byway

GULFPORT — The Gulfport City Council has voted to support naming U.S. 90 a scenic byway, along with Harrison County. If that designation is approved by the state, Gulfport can apply for grants to market the highway as a scenic byway. Currently, only Hancock County has roads designated scenic byways on the Coast. Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock ...

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Rain undercuts highway; roadbed stretches over gully

BOVINA — Heavy rain has washed out a chunk of earth below U.S. Highway 80 at Bovina, leaving part of the two-lane highway stretching across a gully six feet wide. County road manager Buddy Poole tells the Vicksburg Post his crew needs two to three weeks of drying time before repairs can get started. After that, Poole says it will ...

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U.S. 82 first in state to be named 'cultural highway'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Highway 82, which runs from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas line across North Mississippi to the Alabama line, has been named the state’s first cultural highway. Officials tell the Delta Democrat Times the designation will highlight the tourist attractions along the 181 miles of highway through eight Mississippi counties. It includes the cities of Greenville, ...

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After two years, highway improvement project complete

PETAL — Officials, businesses and residents in the city of Petal are welcoming the end of a $13 million two-year highway improvement project. The Hattiesburg American reports the project widened Mississippi Highway 42 from two lanes to four and installed turn lanes. Petal Mayor Hal Marx says residents are pleased with the decrease in traffic congestion. And the end of ...

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More big equipment headed for Kemper power plant

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Another large piece of equipment will be moved next week to Mississippi Power Co.’s coal-powered power plant under construction in Kemper County. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), on Jan. 9, a group of four wide loads will begin leaving Big Bee Valley in Noxubee County for the Kemper County plant. The loads will travel ...

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Port road could be delayed after judge revokes permit

GULFPORT — Construction could be delayed for a road connecting the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport to Interstate 10. The Sun Herald reports a federal judge has revoked the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s federal permit to build the northern end of the road. MDOT had planned to create a conservation area by using 1,600 acres near the interstate, as a ...

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