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Crews begin work on I-55 reconstruction project

MADISON — Part of an Interstate 55 reconstruction project is underway in Central Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with the city of Madison, has temporarily closed the south end of Grandview Boulevard at the Madison Avenue intersection to align it with Cotton Hill Road. Work began this weekend and is expected to be complete in three ...

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol are pushing for old money. ...

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Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of the tax. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba ...

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Report criticizes MDOT's accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

JACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges. The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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Signet to invest $7.2M in infrastructure improvements

PASCAGOULA — Signet Maritime Corp. is investing $7.2 million in infrastructure improvements at its Pascagoula shipyard, Signet Shipbuilding & Repair. The company says in a news release that the improvements will support an increased workload and future growth. Improvements will include a 150-ton crawler crane, dredging and renewal of a 1,000-foot waterfront bulkhead, a new fabrication shop, an expanded drydock ...

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Brandon recruiting help to spur development

Traveling along Highway 80, the city of Brandon’s lack of downtown development is apparent. Now, city leaders are looking for change. The city is seeking consultants to work in city planning and economic development. The Clarion-Ledger reports the consultant’s work would focus on downtown planning, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation, infrastructure, transportation, market analysis and involving the public in ...

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Commission approves design of new bridge

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez’s Bridge of Sighs project has been approved by a local preservation commission. The Natchez Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a conceptual design by landscape architect Jared Acy. The Natchez Democrat reports that the project had been delayed for past couple of months after the commission asked the City of Natchez for more detailed plans ...

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County to pick up tab for bridge replacement

HERNANDO — DeSoto County is spending $416,365 to replace an aging wood-supported bridge over Cowpen Creek near Horn Lake Elementary School. Officials said the bridge is of the few remaining timber-piling bridges left in the county. Consulting engineer Tracy Huffman of the Hernando-based Waggoner firm said replacing it with a span with a double-cell concrete box culvert “will promote safety ...

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City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American reports the council voted 5-0 ...

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Jury rules against city; utility to get $8M

GULFPORT — A Harrison County jury has awarded Dedeaux Utility Co. $8.06 million in its dispute with the city of Gulfport. The fight dates back to when the city seized the utility as part of its 1994 annexation of the Orange Grove area. Jurors set a fair market value of $7.08 million for the water and sewer company, which had ...

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