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Road workers uncover dozens of unmarked graves

JACKSON — Workers building a road at the University of Mississippi Medical Center have found 66 unidentified graves. Officials with the medical center say a construction crew found the unmarked human remains over a period from November through March. The graves were found four to five feet below the surface as workers dug down to lay a foundation for a ...

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Officials unveil multi-million-dollar plan to enhance highway

EAST MISSISSIPPI — State transportation officials expect to spend about $2 million on improvements to Mississippi Highway 182. The Commercial Dispatch reports Starkville city engineer Edward Kemp told local officials work would include overlaying the road’s surface within city limits, developing landscape islands, improving sidewalk access and re-pouring driveways. Kemp said bid advertisements are expected to begin in June and ...

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Senate votes to keep McGrath as head of MDOT

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has approved the appointment of Melinda McGrath, PE, to remain executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. McGrath’s appointment begins today and will end April 1, 2017, unless it is further extended. As executive director, McGrath, the first woman to serve as leader of MDOT, oversees MDOT’s more than 3,000 employees and a transportation ...

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Heavy rains erode bluffs; crews to begin repairs

WARREN COUNTY — Work has begun in Warren County to shore up the hillsides along parts of U.S. Highway 80 that eroded during January’s heavy rain. State transportation officials tell the Vicksburg Post earthen bluffs at U.S. 80 and Rancho Road were set back farther to limit the impact of further mudslides. Mississippi Department of Transportation engineer Kevin Magee says ...

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Roadbuilder starts work on Pine Belt interstate project

LAUREL — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has begun a Jones County interchange improvement project at the Interstate 59-16th Avenue/Exit 95 interchange. The $1.18-million project was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders of Laurel. The project will include the installation of a traffic signal and redesign of traffic flow at the interchange. When the project is completed, the merge condition will ...

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Supervisors give firm more time on bridge work

CHATAWA — Pike County supervisors have agreed to give the contractor more time to complete work on the replacement of a bridge in the Chatawa community. The Enterprise-Journal reports contractor T.L. Wallace will have until May 17. The original deadline was April 2 but officials said recent rains hampered work on the project. The supervisors also agreed to a payment ...

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Supervisors want list of county's 10 worst roads

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County supervisors have formed a committee to look for the county’s 10 worst roads. The group will report back to the board by June 15 so supervisors can decide how to repair some or all the roads. The Commercial Dispatch reports committee members include road manager Ronnie Burns, County Administrator Ralph Billingsley, county engineer Bob Calvert and ...

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Bridge repair project finished ahead of schedule

RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued an update on the Airport Road bridge in Rankin County, and the news is good. Earlier this week, crews began making repairs on the Airport Road bridge over the westbound lanes of I-20. Work on this project was expected to continue for one week, but are already completed. “I ...

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