The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that several highway improvement projects have picked up steam again in the southern part of the state.
"Dozens of projects are moving forward throughout south Mississippi, and each one of them is geared toward improving driver safety and increasing Mississippians' quality of life," said Commissioner Tom King, chairman of the Mississippi Transportation Commission.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation held its annual District Equipment Operators Roadeo for District 1 in Tupelo April 17.
Focusing on safety, efficiency and skill, MDOT's Roadeos provide employees with an opportunity to practice their mastery of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering and heavy equipment precision.
Under the authority of Gov. Phil Bryant's April 2018 emergency bridge closure proclamation, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was directed March 27 to begin immediately closing at least 34 local bridges.
"If these bridges remain open, it will not only present a safety hazard to the traveling public but will also threaten $530 million in federal funding, which is about 50 percent of MDOT's overall budget," said Melinda McGrath, MDOT executive director.
The Mississippi Transportation Commission approved $250 million Jan. 22 for 163 Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund or ERBRF projects that aim to repair or replace 200 bridges — including 99 that are currently closed and another 91 that have posted weight restrictions.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new leader has been named for the Mississippi Office of State Aid Road Construction.
Gov. Phil Bryant announced on June 29 that he is appointing Harry Lee James as the state aid engineer.
James succeeds Carey Webb, who has held the job since 2012 and is retiring when the state budget year ends June 30.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on April 10 ordered the Mississippi Department of Transportation to immediately close 83 locally maintained bridges that the federal government said are in bad shape.
“These bridges have been deemed unsafe for the traveling public,” Bryant said in a statement.
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engineer James Williams of Brandon was recently honored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) at its annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall and local officials officially opened the Highway 25/Lakeland Drive Expansion Project during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Rankin County. “This type of transportation improvement project enhances infrastructure that will provide opportunities for economic development and growth along Highway 25 in Flowood, Rankin County and the state of Mississippi,” Hall said.
RICHLAND, Miss. (AP) Mississippi officials have started on a $150 million project to rebuild and widen a congested suburban highway. The Mississippi Department of Transportation will expand an 8-mi. section of U.S. 49 in Richland and Florence from four lanes to six lanes.
YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) The Mississippi Department of Transportation said it is speeding up plans to repair two bridges that are important to farmers. The department recently reduced the weight limits on the two bridges on a rural stretch of Mississippi Highway 14.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation is delaying work on several highway expansion projects because of a tight state budget. Melinda McGrath, executive director, told lawmakers that the department is spending money on existing highways rather than new ones.