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MDOT: Legislature needs to act quickly on budget to avoid extra costs

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The Mississippi Department of Transportation will not have to suspend contracts, costing taxpayers “tens of millions of dollars,” if the Legislature passes a budget for the agency early in the planned June 5 special session. MDOT officials originally had said that if no budget was approved for the agency by May 15 that they ...

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MDOT’s Cresap Honored

Courtesy of MDOT Mississippi Department of Transportation Director of Transportation Information Mike Cresap was recently awarded with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 25-Year Award of Meritorious Service. Pictured left to right: Northern Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert, MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath, Cresap, Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King, Central Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.

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MDOT recognizes Hinds County employees

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently recognized residents of Hinds County for their service to MDOT. Honored were, front row, from left, Jessica Dilley, Bonnie Sides, Lisa Kennedy, and Dejuana Parker; Back Row, MDOT Chief Engineer Mark McConnell, James Eggleston, Ron Rester, Byron Flood, Paul Greene and MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath.

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Lawmakers consider tax increases for transportation repairs

JACKSON — House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby says he’ll consider tax increases to raise money for the state’s transportation system. Transportation head Melinda McGrath told legislators Wednesday the department needs $526 million more to repair more than one-third of highways and more than one-fifth of bridges in the state. She said costs for the repairs will only increase as ...

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State Materials Engineer honored

Mississippi Department of Transportation  State Materials Engineer Mike Sullivan (right) was recently awarded 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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Bids on reworking Interstate 55 stretch are rejected

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Transportation has rejected all design-build proposals submitted for the Interstate 55 project that is from the I- 20 interchange and Byram. “After reviewing bids received April 17, it was determined the lowest bid had several major errors and could not be awarded,” MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said Friday in a news release. ...

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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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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 study: State's airports generate $2.5B-plus in economic activity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to a recent study by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state’s 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity, provide vital connectivity links enabling businesses to function more efficiently and improve the quality of life for residents in airport communities. “This study indicates how substantial the aviation industry is to Mississippi,” ...

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USDOT: State ranks 10th in nation in bad bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A recent report of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) indicates that motorists travel over the state’s 2,274 structurally compromised bridges approximately 1.2 million times every day. The data shows that of the 17,044 bridges in Mississippi, over 13 percent are in need of replacement. The American Road & Transportation Builders ...

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