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Port selects utility team

GULFPORT — Geospatial Holdings Inc. has been selected as a part of a team selected to provide underground pipeline utility location and mapping services over a three-year period to the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport. During Hurricane Katrina, the port’s electrical power supply, roads, water, sewer, rail, small craft harbor fender systems, navigational aids, and lighting and security systems ...

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Airline employment still falling

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.3 percent fewer workers in June 2009 than in June 2008, the 12th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year. All the network airlines decreased employment from June 2008 to June 2009 as did low-cost carriers AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. ...

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Singing River helps land loans

LUCEDALE — Singing River Electric has presented $1.1 million in zero-interest loans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service to Jones County Junior College (JCJC) and a $740,000 zero-interest loan to Mississippi Export Railroad for a project in Jackson County. JCJC will use the $1.1 million to construct a 15,800-square-foot Learning Center adjacent to the Greene County Vo-Tech ...

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Trust fund bill passes

WASHINGTON — Congressman Travis Childers (D-Miss.) joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues July 29 in shoring up the Highway Trust Fund to keep the account solvent through the end of the fiscal year. The measure, which overwhelmingly passed in the House by a vote of 363 to 68, pumps $389.2 million into Mississippi’s highway program to support 13,536 jobs ...

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Stimulus funds design-build project

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has selected a design-build contractor to oversee a bridge-widening project along Interstate 59 in Pearl River County. The $10-million project was awarded to T. L. Wallace Construction Company Inc of Columbia. MDOT District Six area engineer Kelly Castleberry said that awarding the project with the design-build process allows for design ...

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Mendez discusses trust fund

WASHINGTON — Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez told state highway officials July 28 what to expect if the highway trust fund falls short in the coming weeks during a “no surprises” discussion. “Unless we shore up the trust fund, we will have no other choice than to pay the states less frequently for road and bridge repairs,” Mendez said in ...

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SRTS program adding instructors

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), through its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, has funded 33 certified bicycle safety instructors with the help of the statewide advocacy group, Bike Walk Mississippi. MDOT, through Safe Routes to School federal funds and with the help of Bike Walk Mississippi, paid to have 33 Mississippians certified as bicycle safety educators ...

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Moorman touts nation's railroads

BILOXI — Wick Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern Corporation, called on the nation’s governors to consider railroads as “a vital part of the solution to our nation’s transportation crisis.” Addressing the National Governors Association held at Biloxi, Moorman said “railroads offer significant economic and environmental benefits while helping relieve highway congestion, which is fast becoming public enemy number one.” Moorman ...

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Airline traffic continues nosedive

WASHINGTON — The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in April 2009 declined by 5.6 percent from April 2008, dropping by 3.6 million to 59.5 million, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. April was the 14th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reports ...

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Need a bridge?

GREENVILLE — In accordance with federal regulations, the U.S. 82 bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Greenville is being made available to the public for relocation, preservation and maintenance at a new location. The continuous steel through truss bridge was opened in 1940 and has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the Mississippi Department of ...

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