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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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State has more than 200 weight-limited bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- Motorists hardly notice them, but posted bridges are a concern for commercial vehicles and can be a hindrance to economic development and a transportation safety issue. Posted bridges are not structurally deficient or obsolete. However, they have a limit to their weight-bearing capacity, and vehicles exceeding that limit can cause structural damage. While posted bridges are scattered across ...

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OUR VIEW: At last, funding for roads and bridges are getting their due

If you’re drawing up a list of “Most Important Things That Occurred in Mississippi’s 2013 Legislature,” save a spot for the Senate leadership’s creation of a task force to explore ways to fix the nearly one-out-of-three state highways deemed to be in poor or mediocre shape and the one-out-of-four state bridges deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The task force ...

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National report: State bridges not old, just neglected

In terms of time, Mississippi’s bridges are on the backside of middle age. But in bridge years, that’s almost youth-like. Mississippi’s bridges average 30.9 years in age while nationally the average bridge is 42 years old. Bridges are designed to last roughly 50 years, experts say, a statistic that tells you Mississippi’s bridges should have a lot of life left ...

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Transportation commissioner on lonely campaign for better road maintenance

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall still marvels at what he says was the foresight of Mississippi’s leaders a quarter century ago to fund an ambitious highway construction effort through an 18 cents gas tax levy. The effort required an override of Democratic Gov. William Allain’s veto — an outcome decided by a one-vote margin that Hall, as a Republican ...

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