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Government engineer of the year

Pictured are, from left: District 5 Engineer David Foster; District 5 Assistant Engineer Freddy Stokes; Former District 5 Resident Engineer Albert Sadd; Ratliff and his wife, Kimberly Ratliff; Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall; MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath; and, Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King.

Ben Ratliff of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Whitfield Project Office has been recognized as the Mississippi Engineering Society’s “Government Engineer of the Year.” The award is judged on the following criteria: education, professional/technical society activities, civic and humanitarian activities and primarily on professional achievements.  Ratliff received the award at MES’ Annual Awards Banquet. Ratliff has been with MDOT for ...

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Design-build and design-bid-build methods get projects done on time

By LYNN LOFTON Architects, engineers and construction managers are embracing the design-build and design-bid-build methods for projects that include transportation and water infrastructure projects, office buildings, schools, and stadiums. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, according to the Design-Build Institute of America. The goal is to overlap ...

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MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ‘backwards’ on state’s spending on bridge upkeep

By TED CARTER A national coalition of state-based consumer advocacy groups says a look at where Mississippi put its federal highway dollars from 2009 to 2011 showed it overwhelming prioritized building highways over taking care of existing roads and bridges. The report from Smart Growth America tagged Mississippi as the state least likely to do road and bridge upkeep with Federal ...

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Portion of Highway 25 to be named for former Mississippi State president

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is honored to announce that the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that will designate a section of Mississippi Highway 25 as the “Dr. Donald W. Zacharias Memorial Highway.” House Bill 615 designates and names a stretch of Mississippi Highway 25 in Oktibbeha County (beginning at its intersection with Old Highway 25 and extending south ...

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MDOT names Westerfield new Hydraulics Division director

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced the appointment of Rachel Westerfield to the position of director of the newly created Hydraulics Division, according to MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. In her new position, Rachel will be responsible for performing project management and administration duties to ensure the successful completion of hydraulic design for every drop of ...

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MDOT welcomes Scott, Pettit

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently welcomed Jason Scott as public information officer in the Public Affairs Division. Scott is a native of Raymond and received his bachelor of arts degree in communications from Mississippi State University. In addition to his six years of communications and public relations experience, he also has four years of experience with Engineering Service, a ...

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Bad bridges list draws strong reaction

Few people know Jones County better than Mitch Stennett, a long-time resident and head of the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. Yet, even he was surprised by the number of suspect bridges in his county and where they are located per the National Bridge Inventory (NBI). “Two bridges on the Ellisville-Tuckers Crossing Road are on the list? Really?” Stennett ...

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