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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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County leaders want to know why highway project is delayed

PEAR RIVER COUNTY — State transportation officials are to discuss the $10 million four-laning of U.S. 11 in a meeting this week with Pearl River County leaders. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the project will be delayed, raising questions from local officials. County Engineer Les Dungan tells the Picayune Item the project would help solve Picayune and ...

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MDOT awards I-10 project to Huey Stockstill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Transportation will start work on a project to resurface 13 miles of Interstate 10 in Hancock and Harrison counties. The $14.5 million project was awarded to Huey Stockstill Inc. of Picayune. Southern District transportation commissioner Tom King says the project starts at Diamondhead and extends to the Wolf River. King says work ...

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Senators lobbying House to pass BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are hoping the House of Representatives will look favorably on “overwhelming” Senate support for legislation that will direct fines from the BP oil spill to Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. The Senate yesterday approved (74-22) the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S.1813 ...

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