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MDOT orders emergency closure of highway bridge

YALOBUSHA COUNTY — State transportation officials have closed a bridge after discovering it could possibly fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has temporarily closed the bridge on Highway 51 approximately three miles south of the Highway 32 and Highway 51 intersection in Yalobusha County. During a routine inspection of the bridge, inspectors found signs of possible movement in some of ...

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Transportation task force provides no funding answers

JACKSON — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs. But the task force, which completed its work yesterday, offered no funding solution. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach consensus on a revenue source ...

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Commission approves shut down of dangerous I-55 exit

JACKSON — Officials have approved plans to fix one of Interstate 55’s most congested and dangerous exit ramps in Jackson. During a recent Mississippi Transportation Commission meeting, plans to improve the traffic capacity, flow and safety at the I-55 north exits to Lakeland Drive West were discussed and approved. The modification project will make several changes to traffic flow in ...

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City cracking down on non-licensed taxicabs

VICKSBURG — Complaints from Vicksburg residents and taxi companies have moved police to crack down on bootleg cabs operating in violation of a local ordinance. Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Vicksburg Post that police have received calls from some city residents complaining about the cabs, adding one resident has made several complaints about the illegal, unmarked vehicles driven by ...

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Senators have concerns over airline merger's impact

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have sent a letter to the Transportation Secretary and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over concerns about the possible impact in Mississippi by the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger. Cochran and Wicker wrote: “It is our understanding that the Departments of Transportation and Justice are currently reviewing the proposed ...

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Silver Airways service woes impacting air travel numbers

TUPELO — Commercial air service is no longer a convenient or reliable option for many in Tupelo. And the numbers reflect it. Last year, enplanements — the airline industry’s term for boardings — in Tupelo reached 5,661, a 31 percent drop from a year earlier and the lowest total in at least 28 years at the airport. Since reaching a ...

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Head of special transportation panel insists ‘not going to accept failure’

Media reports speculate the Senate Highways and Transportation Special Committee recommendations for funding road and bridge maintenance will wind up in the circular file almost as soon as the chair of the Senate Highway Appropriations Committee presents them. The chairman, Cleveland Democratic Sen. Willie Simmons, has read the news reports that the six months of effort by his task force ...

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