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Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach consensus on a revenue source ...

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Report criticizes MDOT's accounting; says road/bridge funding inadequate

JACKSON — A new report calls for Mississippi’s road-building agency to do more to account for the money it spends, but agrees the state isn’t spending enough money to maintain its roads and bridges. The report, released Friday by a legislative watchdog committee, could figure prominently into the ongoing debate over raising more money for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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Development company donating roadway to Coast city

DIAMONDHEAD — City officials said they expect the donation of a road to open doors for development in the community on the Mississippi Coast. WLOX-TV reported the Purcell real estate development company is donating 1,000 feet of narrow roadway to the city. The donated segment begins behind the Rouses grocery store and ends at the roundabout in front of Hancock ...

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TRIP releases report on state's crumbling roads, bridges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than two-thirds of Jackson’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in either poor or mediocre condition, more than one fifth of the state’s bridges need repair or replacement, and Mississippi’s drivers experience growing congestion and delays, according to a report from TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization. In addition to deteriorated roads and bridges, Mississippi’s ...

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Black tells road builders 'Congress must act'

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held last week in Jackson, the ...

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City proposes sales tax to fix infrastructure woes

JACKSON — The city of Jackson is proposing an increase in sales tax to bring in additional revenue for its crumbling infrastructure. WJTV reports Mayor Chokwe Lumumba held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the one percent increase and answer questions from the community. The mayor says the city needs an estimated $1.2 billion to completely fix its ...

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City to use demolition debris to build, pave roads

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood will use debris from the Russell Building for local road repairs and paving projects. The building was recently torn down. The city hauled off concrete and crushed brick. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the city will save money. McAdams says the city grinds its own limestone about twice a year and ...

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Business owners file lawsuit over impact of road construction

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg has denied most of the claims in a lawsuit filed by several West Fourth Street business owners who said the ongoing road construction has adversely affected commerce in the area. Defense attorney L. Clark Hicks tells The Hattiesburg American the city plans to request that the lawsuit be tossed. The road project, which began ...

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City approves bonds for roads for shopping center

D’IBERVILLE — The D’Iberville City Council approved about $17 million in tax-increment finance bonds to build roads around The Galleria shopping center. The council approved the bonds at yesterday’s meeting. The Sun Herald reports the city used similar bonds to finance infrastructure along Sangani Boulevard and The Promenade shopping center. The new million-square-foot mall, restaurants and hotel will be built ...

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Bank agrees to underwrite bonds for Delta town

LELAND — Planters Bank and Trust Co. will underwrite the sale of $1.5 million in bonds for the city of Leland. The Delta Democrat Times reports the Board of Aldermen accepted the company’s bid this past week. Planters’ bid was the only one the city received for the bond issue, which will be used to pay for resurfacing of several ...

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