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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — Need for bridge repairs, replacements outpacing state’s available funds

Workers from the Mississippi Department of Transportation inspect the bottom of a bridge at U.S. 49 over Interstate 20 near Jackson.

By BECKY GILLETTE It is difficult to imagine anything more integral to economic development and quality of life, particularly in a largely rural state like Mississippi, than good roads and bridges. But the fact is that, as with many other states, revenues for highway and bridge maintenance are lagging far behind what is needed to ensure a good highway infrastructure. ...

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MDOT employee recognized with commendation

Attending the commendation ceremony are, from left, Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, Joey Azzone, Carol Azzone, Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, and Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King.
Courtesy of MDOT

On Sept. 29, Joey Azzone was doing paperwork during a normal day at the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) office in Byram when he heard distressed yelling coming from the parking lot. The screaming came from a woman who was leaving Curves in Byram. As she was getting into her car, a man approached her and struck her in the ...

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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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