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MDOT blocks off large sinkhole that formed on U.S. 61

NATCHEZ — State highway workers have blocked off a big sinkhole that developed this week on U.S. 61 near Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports the hole is nearly 15 feet wide and 25 feet deep. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has blocked it off with orange barrels, and workers will start repairing it after engineers are confident ...

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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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Key awarded contract to fix bridge damaged in semi-trailer accident

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded Key, LLC of Madison a repair project involving damage that was caused when a semi-trailer carrying a tractor collided with the I-59 overpass bridge over U.S. Highway 49 (near Exit 67) in Hattiesburg on July 14. The $167,000 repair project is set to begin tomorrow. Work will include removing and ...

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Contractor nears completion on project to replace four bridges

JASPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion on a bridge replacement project involving four bridges on Highway 513 over Souinlovey Creek near Fellowship Road in Jasper County. The $5.4-million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company Inc. of Lake. Along with work to replace the structurally deficient bridges, the project included the addition 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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Tupelo City Council approves $500K for airport taxiway

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project last fall was estimated to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the crumbling runway. The city council ...

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Mississippi River bridge work will snarl traffic

Anyone with travel plans that include crossing the Mississippi River at Vicksburg should expect some delays. The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development is performing a bridge retrofit project that will limit traffic to the inside lanes, eastbound and westbound, on Interstate 20 at the Mississippi River bridge near Vicksburg. During the project, there will be a wide load restriction ...

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MDOT finds bad bridge near school, re-posts weight limit

TISHOMINGO COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has identified yet another aging bridge — this one near a school — and has re-posted its weight limit. MDOT recently evaluated the posted weight limit of Bridge No. 2.3 on State Route 172 during a routine bridge inspection. It was determined that due to the aging of the structure, the ...

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Drawbridge to be closed as modernization project nears completion

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion of the $8.2-million I-110 Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project, providing modernized mechanical, electrical and interior components on the bridge. In order to complete the project, closures of I-110 will be required to conduct work at the center of the drawbridge. To minimize delays for the travelling public, closures will take place ...

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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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