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Agency celebrates 100th year

Country music recording artist Steve Azar performs at the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s  centennial celebration event March 29 in Jackson.
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March 29 marked the start of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s second century of service to the people of the state. MDOT is celebrating this milestone throughout the year. On the centennial anniversary, a time capsule was sealed by the Mississippi Transportation Commission commemorating 100 years of service. It will be housed in the lobby of the MDOT Administration Building ...

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MDOT site aims to aid STEM education

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation has launched a new website to bolster STEM education in state schools. The science, technology, engineering and math website is designed to get more students interested in transportation industry careers, particularly civil engineering. MDOT said the website is part of its ongoing push to provide more educational opportunities to Mississippi’s students so they can better ...

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McConnell named to board

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Mississippi Department of Transportation Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engineer Mark McConnell was recently appointed to chair a committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. AASHTO President Paul Trombino appointed McConnell to chair the Transportation System Preservation Technical Service Program known as TSP2. The mission of TSP2 is to serve as a clearinghouse with comprehensive and ...

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MDOT engineer honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation State Research Engineer James Watkins was recently awarded with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service. The award is given to transportation employees having accrued 25 years of service with one or more AASHTO member departments and who have attained the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division Head, Bureau Chief or higher. Pictured are, from left, Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, State Research Engineer James Watkins, MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath, Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King, Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.

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Mississippi Department of Transportation State Research Engineer James Watkins was recently awarded with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service. The award is given to transportation employees having accrued 25 years of service with one or more AASHTO member departments and who have attained the grade of District Engineer, Assistant Central Office Division ...

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Hetrick new brand manager

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently named Lucy Hetrick of Canton as brand manager in the Public Affairs Division. Hetrick previously was a creative director for the Marketing and Communication Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. Hetrick is a graphic designer with over 25 years of experience. At MDA, Hetrick was responsible for many projects including designing the state’s current ...

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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.
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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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