Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT […] [...]

MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ‘backwards’ on state’s spending on bridge upkeep

By TED CARTER A national coalition of state-based consumer advocacy groups says a look at where Mississippi put its federal highway dollars from 2009 to 2011 showed it overwhelming prioritized building highways over taking care of existing roads and bridges. The report from Smart Growth America tagged Mississippi as the state least likely to do road […] [...]

Natchez aldermen to discuss upcoming city street work

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen will meet to discuss updating its street-paving plan and possibly review the city’s convention center management contract. The Natchez Democrat reports Wednesday’s meeting has been billed as a work session, meaning the board does not intend to execute any action during the course of business. Mayor Butch Brown […] [...]

Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide […] [...]

Senate transportation chair seeks emergency money for roads, bridges

by Published: January 22,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation

In a move he acknowledges is a long-shot, the chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is asking legislators to approve $300 million for timely repairs on state highways and bridges and an additional $100 million for locally maintained roads and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, wants the money to be part […] [...]

Race to the pump: Feds appear ready to beat state on new gas taxes

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says it seems Congress is about to pre-empt Mississippi’s  opportunity to take advantage of plummeting gasoline prices by enacting new motor fuels taxes. While Mississippi legislators wait for a late 2015 completion of a private-sector study on state transportation infrastructure needs and how to pay for them, Congress […] [...]

MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound […] [...]

Interstate 55 work between Byram and I-20 to be rebid

By Jack Weatherly Work on the 7.5-mile, heavily traveled stretch of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange will be halted temporarily so that a new method can be used to address unanticipated soil conditions, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation spokesman Jarrod Ravencraft. Ravencraft said Tuesday afternoon that “the traveling public will not […] [...]

MDOT launches new winter weather website

by Published: January 6,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, transportation, Weather, winter

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has launched a new website focused on winter weather preparedness. MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public. Winter is officially upon us, and that means the chance of ice and snow, and hazardous driving conditions increases across the state. Visit www.GoMDOT.com/winter, and you can learn safe […] [...]

Lamar Co. seeks additional bike lane on Old Hwy. 11

PURVIS — Lamar County will apply for a Mississippi Department of Transportation grant that would allow the construction of a bike trail/pedestrian path during the expansion of Old Highway 11 in Oak Grove. The Hattiesburg American reports supervisors voted Monday to authorize Board President Joe Bounds to sign off on an application for a Transportation Alternatives Program […] [...]

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