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State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. And there are those against ...

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Delta Council says condition of Highway 6 'of crisis dimensions'

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — As the 2014 harvest progresses, the transportation arteries that move the crop from the field to its market place in Northwest Mississippi is choked down, according to Stoneville-based Delta Council. Due to structurally deficient bridge structures throughout the Batesville-to-Clarksdale reach of Highway 6, hundreds of trucks loaded full of grain are being detoured to other routes even ...

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TRI-Mississippi project receives $17.8M TIGER VI grant

  SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — A total of $17.8 million in federal transportation funding has been awarded for a collaborative initiative to support job growth by improving roadways in three Southwest Mississippi counties. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $17.8-million TIGER VI grant application submitted by Claiborne County, along with Franklin and Jefferson counties and Alcorn State University. The ...

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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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MSU approved to build new dorms, road totaling $74.2M

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is considering spending $60.5 million to build two new residence halls. The College Board approved plans for MSU to hire the McCarty Company Design Group to design two 356-bed dormitories, plus a 10,000-square-foot facility for the Sonny Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans. The dorms would replace the existing 220-bed Evans Hall, a four-story red brick ...

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Report: State ranks 10th nationally in deficient bridges

WASHINGTON — Data from a new government report show that if all the structurally deficient bridges in the United States were placed end-to-end, it would take you 25 hours driving 60 miles per hour to cross them. An analysis of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database released this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) shows cars, trucks and ...

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Wallace Construction begins bridge replacement in Jones County

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is underway on a bridge replacement project along Highway 11 at Waterfall Creek in Jones County, according to MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. The $1 million project was awarded to T. L. Wallace Construction Inc. A section of Highway 11 at the bridge was closed yesterday to through traffic. A ...

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Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions regarding implementation of a 2014 ...

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MDOT warns of more icy roads in wake of storm

Though the latest winter storm has passed, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is urging motorists to beware of lingering ice on roads and bridges. MDOT said more than 40 counties still have slippery roads. The counties are Alcorn, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Marshall, ...

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MDOT: Beware of icy roads in 20 counties

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a road update as another round of winter weather impacts the state. MDOT reports ice has been detected on roads and bridges in 20 counties. The affected counties are Tallahatchie, Montgomery, Holmes, Carroll, Leflore, Claiborne, Prentiss, Benton, Marshall, Newton, DeSoto, Chickasaw, Quitman, Coahoma, Tate, Panola, Warren, Jefferson, Tunica and Lee. All lanes ...

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