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Coast city says proposed bypass would kill it

KILN — A proposal to make Mississippi 43 a limited-access, four-lane thoroughfare, connecting Interstate 10 just south of Kiln with Interstate 59 near Picayune and Carriere is facing opposition. Merchants say the proposal, if approved, would kill Kiln stone dead. What the Mississippi Department of Transportation wants is a straight shot from the Gulf Coast that could be used as ...

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MDOT to break ground for new SR 475 bypass

RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will break ground tomorrow on the State Route 475 bypass project in Rankin County. When complete, State Route 475 will be a continuous four-lane road beginning at Lakeland Drive and will cross over Old Brandon Road on a newly constructed bridge to U.S. 80. An access ramp will also be constructed ...

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Officials to break ground for I-269 loop this month

DESOTO COUNTY — Mississippi transportation commissioner Mike Tagert says a groundbreaking will be held June 23 at the Marshall-DeSoto county line for the first section of four phases of the Interstate 269 Loop. I-269 loops around Memphis to feed traffic from Interstate 40 into DeSoto County. The Commercial Appeal reports that Tagert told local officials in Southaven this week that ...

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MDOT plans to add lanes to I-55 South

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced an upcoming construction project along I-55 South from the Copiah County line to McDowell Road in Hinds County. Due to the aging pavement, congestion and the high traffic volume on I-55 South, MDOT has contracted Florence and Hutcheson to prepare environmental documents and plans for a project to replace ...

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MDOT: Bridge-barge accident tests SHM technology

VICKSBURG — A recent barge crash into the I-20 Mississippi River Bridge in Vicksburg gave structural health monitoring (SHM) technology a chance to keep motorists safe and get the bridge quickly reopened by providing real-time information to bridge engineers in the wake of the incident. The structure, which had been hit by a grain-filled barge, was closed for hours as ...

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Final work on I-110 drawbridge to get underway

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin the final phase of the rehabilitation project to repair the Walter L. Nixon Sr. Interstate 110 drawbridge. Work on the $4.1-million project, which was awarded to Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC., began earlier this year. Beginning April 18, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction ...

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Coast Guard finally removes barge from river bridge

VICKSBURG — A damaged barge has been removed from the Interstate 20 bridge on the Mississippi River. The wayward barge crashed into a bridge support March 23. The United States Coast Guard had tried several methods to remove it, but all had been unsuccessful before yesterday. It was finally removed with cranes and chains that pulled the barge away from ...

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Ailing MDOT director voted out by Commission

JACKSON — The Mississippi Transportation Commission has asked agency director Larry “Butch” Brown for his resignation by Wednesday or he will be fired. The commission voted 2-1 today to remove Brown as executive director of the Department of Transportation. He was replaced by Melinda McGrath, MDOT’s chief engineer. Newly elected Northern District Commissioner Mike Taggert, who was sworn in before ...

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Transportation officials release 'wish list'

WASHINGTON — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO} has compiled a list of very distinct – and pressing – issues that loom at the local, state, and federal levels.   “We are urging Congress to write a balanced bill next year that meets the needs of preservation and new capacity, meets the needs of rural and ...

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County fined by MDEQ for road project runoff

LAUDERDALE COUNTY — Lauderdale County will pay a $12,000 state fine for failing to use sediment control on a local road project. The Meridian Star reports that supervisors voted Monday to pay the fine levied by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur says the agency found the project in Toomsuba did not have the proper sediment ...

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