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Study panel in final preparations for state road maintenance proposals

The Mississippi Senate Highway Study Committee’s search for answers to funding upkeep of roads and bridges may well end in Arkansas, where voters last year approved a half-penny, 10-year sales tax projected to raise $1.8 billion for highway projects. Committee Chair Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, has not declared a front runner in the recommendations the study panel will make ...

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Alison Premo 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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Motorists might pay more at the gas pump

JACKSON — A top lawmaker says Mississippi needs to increase its gasoline tax to pay for highway and bridge maintenance, but he concedes there’s little chance of it happening this year. House Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Johnson said 40 percent of Mississippi’s major roads and 28 percent of its highways are in poor or mediocre condition. He also says 25 ...

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Council rejects mayor's $10M bond issue for streets

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has overwhelmingly rejected a $10-million bond issue for street repaving, a stinging rebuke of Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s agenda in the waning months of his current term. Council members gave varying reasons for the measure’s defeat, but Budget Committee chairwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon blamed it on an unwillingness among members of council to compromise. The ...

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Johnson wants to use bond issue to fund $10M in street paving

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says he will use funds from a bond issue to pay for a $10 million street paving project in the Capital City. Johnson tells The Clarion-Ledger the city council would have to sign off on the proposal. The city has devoted huge sums of money to fixing streets. Jackson spends $1 million or so ...

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County taking out loan to pay for road projects, equipment

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County will borrow $1.5 million to repair local roads and buy road-working equipment, The Delta Democrat Times reports. Supervisor Troy Wesley Sr. says board members did a tour of the county roads about three or four months ago and assessed what roads were in bad shape. Wesley says the county expects to buy six dump trucks ...

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Project to make Capitol Street two-way to begin this year

JACKSON — A project to turn the main thoroughfare in downtown Jackson into a two-way street is expected to start by year’s end. The city must have state approval for construction plans on the Capitol Street project by Sept. 30. Work needs to begin no later than January, or it will miss out on millions in federal funding, according to ...

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Former MDOT executive director Brown wins mayoral runoff

NATCHEZ — Larry L. Brown has won the Democratic primary for Natchez mayor, defeating Phillip West by 541 votes in the runoff. Brown, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, received 56 percent of the vote, or 2,696 votes in yesterday’s runoff election. West had 44 percent of the vote, or 2,155 votes. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown ...

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After 114 years, researchers finally complete soil study of entire state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After 114 years, Mississippi State University and other agencies have completed an acre-by-acre map of Mississippi’s soils — more than 30 million acres. It’s part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey begun in 1899 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service. “To map over 30 million acres is a mindboggling scientific and technical accomplishment,” ...

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County leaders want to know why highway project is delayed

PEAR RIVER COUNTY — State transportation officials are to discuss the $10 million four-laning of U.S. 11 in a meeting this week with Pearl River County leaders. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has announced that the project will be delayed, raising questions from local officials. County Engineer Les Dungan tells the Picayune Item the project would help solve Picayune and ...

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