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Blue Springs Highway 9 in danger

Legislation that has cleared the House and sits in a Senate committee would essentially kill any chance Mississippi Highway 9 north of Blue Springs had of broad development related to the Toyota plant. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, filed House Bill 791, which would make Mississippi Highway 9 in Union County ineligible for money under the Economic Development Highway Act. In 2011, ...

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Walker, Dees promoted

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced two promotions in its Bridge Division. Justin Walker has been appointed to the position of assistant state bridge engineer, according. Walker, who recently served as senior design section engineer, for Districts One, Five and Seven, will now assist the state bridge engineer in design and plan development of interstate and highway bridges and ...

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MDOT announces promotions

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has appointed Mark McConnell to the position of deputy executive director–chief engineer. McConnell, a 24-year employee of MDOT, will oversee highway and bridge construction projects as well as MDOT’s maintenance program throughout Mississippi. He will also oversee MDOT’s divisions and districts. McConnell started his MDOT career in construction in the Vicksburg project in 1988. ...

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MDOT promotes McConnell

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has appointed Mark McConnell to the position of deputy executive director-chief engineer. McConnell, a 24-year employee of MDOT, will oversee highway and bridge construction projects as well as MDOT’s maintenance program throughout Mississippi. He will also oversee MDOT’s divisions and districts. McConnell started his MDOT career in construction in the Vicksburg project in 1988. ...

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Walker, Dees promoted

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced two promotions in its Bridge Division. Justin Walker has been appointed to the position of assistant state bridge engineer, according. Walker, who recently served as senior design section engineer, for Districts One, Five and Seven, will now assist the state bridge engineer in design and plan development of interstate and highway bridges and ...

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McGrath stands on top rung

For Melinda McGrath, construction is a family tradition. The daughter of a contractor, McGrath’s early childhood memories growing up in Columbus were not riding bikes or playing games, but rather hanging out at building sites. “My mother died when I was young, so my father would take my brother and I with him to work,” McGrath remembered with a smile. ...

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Cities realize hike-bike trails good for local economy

>> MDOT awards $3 million for metro area improvements Cities are realizing that hike and bike trails are not only important for citizens’ quality of life but are also a powerful economic development tools. Recently, the cities of Jackson, Ridgeland and Flowood received a collective total of $3.1 million for pedestrian trail enhancements awarded through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project is expected to not only ...

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Dellapenna honored

The Mississippi Transportation Commission has recognized MDOT enforcement officer Andrew Dellapenna for courageous actions that went above and beyond the call of duty. In February, Dellapenna responded to a report of a fisherman falling into frigid waters in a private lake near Kewanee in Lauderdale County. Upon arriving at the scene, he heard cries for help and observed a boat ...

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