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Contour to submit bid to continue Tupelo’s air service

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Contour Airlines had a record number of boardings last month for its Tupelo-to-Nashville flights, and after 16 months of service, it has proven to be a reliable service. With that in mind, its corporate parent, Corporate Flight Management of Smryna, Tennessee, will be bidding for another two-year contract through the U.S. Department ...

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Mississippi highway bypass project canned amid tight budget

A tight state budget has prompted Mississippi transportation commissioners to cancel a highway project. Commission chairman Dick Hall says in a news release Thursday that the state can’t afford the estimated $130 million to build a bypass around Philadelphia. Transportation commissioners on Tuesday canceled contracts for the Highway 16 bypass, which was designed to ease commercial vehicle traffic in downtown ...

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Distinct, old highway bridge in Mississippi for sale

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has listed a highway bridge for sale. The Sun Herald of Gulfport reported on Thursday that the state will even pay the buyer what it would cost to tear down the Mississippi Highway 57 bridge over Red Creek in Jackson County. MDOT district engineer Kelly Castleberry says the bridge has been determined eligible for the ...

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Solution to transportation woes not easy

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal For the past five years, Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall has used the annual political speakings at the Nesoba County Fair to advocate for more funds for what he said is a deteriorating transportation system. Hall, a Republican who is in his fifth term on the three-member Transportation Commission, reiterated his plea ...

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Study: Bumpy roads cost Mississippi drivers billions

A recent study has found Mississippi’s roads cost drivers $2.9 billion total as nearly two-thirds of the state’s major urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition. The Clarion-Ledger reports findings by the Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group TRIP say the average Mississippi driver pays $705 in additional operating costs compared to the $553 national average. The June report shows ...

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Lottery? Local gas tax? New proposals to fund roads, bridges

Mississippi officials are rolling out new ideas for pay for roads and bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a lottery is one possibility, while House leaders are proposing a local fuel tax, subject to approval by voters in cities or counties. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant said Thursday that he might ask legislators to ...

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WORKING IN THE FAST LANE — 3D CADD programs helping engineers design better roads

By BECKY GILLETTE Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see how a road is going to look before building it? What if you could anticipate problems before encountering them in the middle of construction, thus avoiding delays that cost time and money? With the use of modern three dimensional computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, engineers can come close to ...

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House leadership makes new effort to fund transportation

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly voted — 109 to 7 — for a bill that would provide a $50 million bond issue for counties, cities and towns to repair roads and bridges. House Speaker Phillip Gunn called Senate Bill 2939 “a viable solution . . . a practical solution” to a problem that bedeviled ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Road and bridge crisis causes great ponderation

Riding the rural highways of Mississippi, it’s easy to see why so many citizens want taxes cut. Vistas of disrepair and deterioration overwhelm. Strapped folk in these areas see little benefit from state spending. To them, every precious dollar they send to state and local governments must seem to disappear down endless holes. They are beyond taxed enough already.    ...

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(UPDATED) New sources of money eyed to build Reunion interchange in Madison County

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Board of Supervisors (BOS) has renewed its efforts to find a way to build an interchange at Reunion Parkway and Interstate-55. “For economic development and transportation, it is very important,” said BOS President Trey Baxter, “We have a parkway we need to connect from the west side of Madison with the east side. The ...

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