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Natchez Trace Parkway taking action to decrease wrecks

Officials with scenic Natchez Trace Parkway are reminding motorists that the roadway is designed for leisurely drives and not interstate-style speeds. Chief Ranger Sarah Davis says in a news release that actions are being taken to decrease accidents on the roadway. She says rangers are being moved to areas where accident rates are highest, and more tickets are being written. ...

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MDOT District 5 Equipment Operators Roadeo winners announced

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently held its annual District Equipment Operators Roadeo at the MDOT District 5 Headquarters in Newton. The Roadeos display MDOT’s maintenance workforce with the knowledge, skills and abilities gained from experience working on Mississippi’s highways. District 5 events and winners are as follows. Lowboy: First place – Terry Buckley, Second place – Billy Coward, ...

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Regional airline begins jet service from Tupelo airport

A regional airline has begun flying jets between a northeast Mississippi airport and Nashville, Tennessee. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Contour Airlines began jet service Monday from Tupelo Regional Airport. The new plane serving the airport is an Embraer ERJ-135, a twin-engine jet with 30 seats. It replaces a twin-engine turboprop with 19 seats. The airline will provide 18 ...

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MAPA recognizes top Mississippi asphalt projects

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA) recently held an awards ceremony at its annual Quality Asphalt Conference to honor members for their work to improve Mississippi’s transportation system. Award categories and winners are: Best Local/Commercial Paving – ADCAMP, Inc., Flowood, for Stribling Road in Madison County Best Mill and Overlay – APAC-Mississippi, Inc., for U.S. Highway 72 in Tishomingo County ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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Turner to lead MDOT Public Affairs Division

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has named Christopher “Chris” Turner as director of the agency’s Public Affairs Division, announced Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “Chris brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of public affairs, communication, digital engagement, news reporting and strategic planning,” McGrath said. “Chris’ background and experience will make him a valuable asset to ...

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Ely appointed assistant chief engineer at MDOT

Jeff Ely has been appointed assistant chief engineer – Preconstruction of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). In his new role, Ely will oversee and coordinate the work of MDOT’s Bridge, Roadway Design, Planning, Right of Way and Environmental divisions. All planning and design activities, as well as right of way acquisition and environmental considerations, are handled during the pre-construction ...

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Waters Companies earn honors top performing International Truck dealerships honor

WATERS Truck and Tractor and WATERS International Trucks, a International Truck commercial dealership, has received the International Truck Presidential Award. The award, introduced in 2018, honors the top seven percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Waters is one of only ...

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Jackson receives $1M grant for bus route improvements

Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million federal grant to improve a bus line. The Federal Transit Administration announced grants Tuesday to several U.S. communities that are developing new mass transit systems, or expanding ones already in place. Jackson is receiving money to reshape development along a bus system running from the Fondren neighborhood through downtown and to Jackson ...

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