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Developing vehicle-to-vehicle communication could reduce accidents

Special to the MBJ When vehicles and roadway infrastructures are able to exchange information with each other, there is great potential to make Mississippi’s transportation system significantly safer, smarter and greener. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that it will begin taking steps toward enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. The technology ...

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Motorists reminded to watch for cleanup workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Relief efforts continue as the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) clears right-of-way areas affected by the recent tornadoes which hit several communities throughout the state. MDOT is reminding motorists to be aware of crews on the roadside during the recovery process and to use caution when traveling through areas where workers are present. “My deepest sympathy goes ...

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Students compete in bridge-building competition

JACKSON — Yesterday, middle and high school students from around the state competed in the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Bridge Building Competition at the Hilton Garden Inn (King Edward Hotel) in Jackson. The TRAC program introduces students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of engineering and teaches students how to apply math and science concepts ...

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Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is only a starting point for ...

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McGrath stands on top rung

For Melinda McGrath, construction is a family tradition. The daughter of a contractor, McGrath’s early childhood memories growing up in Columbus were not riding bikes or playing games, but rather hanging out at building sites. “My mother died when I was young, so my father would take my brother and I with him to work,” McGrath remembered with a smile. ...

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