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Legislators unlikely to reach accord on roads, bridges this session

  Associated Press Mississippi legislators are unlikely to agree this session on a comprehensive, long-term plan to pay for highways and bridges. House Speaker Philip Gunn said a House proposal to earmark taxes collected on items sold over the internet for transportation work could generate $75 million to $125 million a year. Gunn said he has also asked the Mississippi ...

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State leaders ponder roads and bridges funding

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Philip Gunn on Thursday told the Mississippi Economic Council that they are open for finding a way to fund a major overhaul of the state’s roads and bridges. But, as they have said numerous times before, neither Bryant nor Gunn favored raising it through increased taxation. Gunn said that as of ...

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Interstate 55 work between Byram and I-20 to be rebid

By Jack Weatherly Work on the 7.5-mile, heavily traveled stretch of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange will be halted temporarily so that a new method can be used to address unanticipated soil conditions, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesman Jarrod Ravencraft. Ravencraft said Tuesday afternoon that “the traveling public will not notice any difference in the ...

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Alison Premo Black tells road builders ‘Congress must act’

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held last week in Jackson, the ...

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State has more than 200 weight-limited bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- Motorists hardly notice them, but posted bridges are a concern for commercial vehicles and can be a hindrance to economic development and a transportation safety issue. Posted bridges are not structurally deficient or obsolete. However, they have a limit to their weight-bearing capacity, and vehicles exceeding that limit can cause structural damage. While posted bridges are scattered across ...

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City looking to push out closer to highway bypass

OKOLONA — Okolona officials want to push the city limits out closer to the U.S. 45 Bypass. Mayor Louise Cole tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal moving the city limits eastward to within about a tenth of a mile of the bypass might attract a hotel and restaurant to the area. Robert Shinn, who lives along Mississippi 41 East in ...

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Former MDOT executive director Brown wins mayoral runoff

NATCHEZ — Larry L. Brown has won the Democratic primary for Natchez mayor, defeating Phillip West by 541 votes in the runoff. Brown, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, received 56 percent of the vote, or 2,696 votes in yesterday’s runoff election. West had 44 percent of the vote, or 2,155 votes. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown ...

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