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Mississippi awarded over $71M grant for Greenville Bypass

A Mississippi road project that’s been considered for more than two decades is one step closer to completion in the state’s Delta region. The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Tuesday that a $71.46 million grant has been awarded for the Greenville Bypass. The money comes from Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, a federal program. The project would connect about 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) ...

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Natchez Trace Parkway is reopening some visitor facilities

A popular recreation area that runs through three southern states is reopening more of its facilities after restricting access due to the coronavirus, federal officials said. The Natchez Trace Parkway this week is allowing some access to comfort stations along the parkway, The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Capacity restrictions will be in place and social distancing guidelines must be followed, park ...

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$9M in highway contracts set from Mississippi lottery money

The Mississippi Transportation Commission says it has awarded nearly $9 million in pavement restoration contracts, using money generated by the state lottery that started selling tickets in November. By the end of April, the state had collected $47.2 million from the games, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Tuesday. The April collections were $9.7 million. For the first 10 years, the ...

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Mississippi Trucking Association presented Truckers Against Trafficking Champion Award

Truckers Against Trafficking Executive Director Kendis Paris recently presented The Mississippi Trucking Association with the 2020 TAT Champion Award in the Association category. The Truckers Against Trafficking Champion Award is given to recognize and honor the creative, innovative, generous and dedicated efforts of specific TAT partners whose actions have significantly furthered TAT’s work in engaging more members of the industries ...

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U.S. officials award $5.5M for Gulf Coast train service

Plans to restore passenger train service along the Gulf Coast are getting a big boost. Members of Congress from Mississippi announced Friday that the Federal Railroad Administration had awarded just under $5.5 million to support operating costs for the first three years of the Amtrak service. It stopped after Hurricane Katrina damaged tracks in 2005. “Restoring passenger rail service on ...

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Airbus says virus aviation crisis still at ‘early stage’

Airbus says the aviation industry’s unprecedented troubles are just beginning. The European manufacturing giant reported 481 million euros ($515 million) in losses in the first quarter, put thousands of workers on furlough and sought billions in loans to survive the coronavirus crisis. And its CEO said Wednesday it’s still at an “early stage.” Even after virus-related travel restrictions eventually ease, ...

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Five airlines submit bids for Tupelo Regional Airport

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Air service has seen a remarkable turnaround in Tupelo the past four years under Nashville-based Contour Airlines, reaching passenger boardings unseen in a decade. “It’s good to see so many interested in service in Tupelo,” said airport Executive Director Cliff Nash. The current contract expires Sept. 30, and four other airlines are proposing to ...

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Mississippi airports receive nearly $35M in grants for economic disruption

Mississippi airports have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic as airlines have cut back flights in the wake of steeply declining demand The state’s Republican U.S. Senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the award of $34,855,031 in grants to 73 Mississippi airfields experiencing “severe economic disruption because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” The Federal Aviation Administration awards, made ...

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Passenger traffic down 90 percent, Jackson airport announces layoffs

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Board and Executive leadership recently conducted an internal business assessment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most airports worldwide, daily flight schedules and passenger traffic at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) have been dramatically impacted. Daily flights to and from JAN are down an estimated 70% versus prior year. Passenger traffic has reduced by ...

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Golden Triangle airport expands

Cutting the ribbon recenty on Golden Triangle Regional Airport’s Terminal Expansion are (from left) Airport Authority Board Member Frank Chiles; Jonathan Byrum of Byrum Construction; Board Member Bobby Harper; Board Chairman Stephen James, Board Members Robin McCormick and Sonny Kelly; and Executive Director Mike Hainsey. (Courtesy of GTR Airport)

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