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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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Loan approved for hangar at Hattiesburg-Laurel airport

economic development

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is one step closer to its new hangar. During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, The Hattiesburg American reports board members authorized and approved a loan not to exceed $230,000 on behalf of Forrest County and the Airport Authority from the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will help build the airport’s ...

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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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Dick Hall: Mississippi’s economic future is tied to its highway system


At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, Highway Commissioner Dick Hall talked about the importance of highways and transportation to the economic health and future of Mississippi. “Obviously, if you don’t have a good transportation network, then companies who might come to Mississippi will ask themselves whether they can get their goods in and ...

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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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Mark Barry interns at Waggoner

Mark Barry, EI, is a new engineering intern in the Transportation Department at Waggoner Engineering of  Jackson. Barry will be responsible for assisting with roadway design as well as traffic signalization. Barry most recently served with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, where he analyzed data and road alignment for bridge design. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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Section of Highway 9 to be dedicated to teachers killed in bus wreck

ACKERMAN — A section of highway in north Mississippi will be dedicated Friday to honor two Ackerman teachers who were killed in a bus wreck in 2011. Mississippi Highway 9 from the Choctaw-Webster County line to the corporate limits of Ackerman will soon be known as the “Phyllis A. Graham-Steven B. Moss Memorial Highway.” The ceremony will be 10:30 a.m. ...

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