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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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Hall: Port Gibson might get U.S. 61 bypass after all

PORT GIBSON — Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall says plans to four-lane U.S. 61 through Port Gibson may be changed to a bypass. The Vicksburg Post reports Hall, in a civic club speech this past week, said a majority of the commission supports routing U.S. 61 around Port Gibson. “The main thing is to get the 18-wheelers off Church ...

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Highway 67 interchange project to begin this month

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin construction of an interchange project on Highway 67 at Sangani Boulevard in Harrison County, according to Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. The project, which is located in D’Iberville near the Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 Interchange, was awarded to Gulf Equipment Corporation of Theodore, Ala., for $7.3 million. Work ...

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'Fracking' leads county officials to call for highway widening

AMITE COUNTY — An increase in oilfield activity in Amite County is bringing a call for the state to four-lane Highway 24 in southwest Mississippi between McComb and Liberty. The Enterprise-Journal reports the issue came up during a discussion of oil drilling among members of the Pike County Economic Development District board. Amite County has voted to support a study ...

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Report details plans for new Augusta-to-Natchez interstate

NATCHEZ — A federal report details plans for a possible new interstate highway that would move traffic from Augusta, Ga., through central Georgia and Alabama to Natchez. The report on the proposed 14th Amendment Highway was obtained by The Telegraph newspaper of Macon, Ga., under the Freedom of Information Act. In Georgia, one proposal calls for the interstate cutting through ...

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MDOT: Oxford-area road projects still on, but moving slowly

LAFAYETTE COUNTY — State transportation officials say road projects in the Oxford area are still on the drawing board — they are just being drawn very slowly. Last year, the Mississippi Department of Transportation presented the city and Lafayette County a proposal that lumped a new Highway 6 intersection with two other projects. The Oxford Eagle reports no agreement was ...

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MDOT freezes city's road funding due to auditor's investigation of Davis

SOUTHAVEN — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has frozen funding for new projects in Southaven because of an auditor’s investigation into Mayor Greg Davis’ spending. The action affects an $850,000 state grant the city was to use to construct a bike path and walking trail system. Randy Battey, assistant chief engineer of operations at MDOT, tells The Commercial Appeal the ...

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Ladners' Katrina-kickback trial rescheduled for May

GULFPORT — The trial of a former county road manager from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and his wife has been rescheduled for May 14 in federal court in Gulfport. Roger Ladner, Hancock County’s former road manager, and his wife, Sharon, have pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing them of being involved in a kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina ...

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