Road closures in Gulfport as MDOT works on overpass at MS Aquarium

53 views – WXXV Staff – 2023-01-17 18:56:36

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will be working to install girders for the overpass at the Mississippi .

The Westbound and Eastbound lanes of , from 25th Avenue to 15th Street, will be shut down.  The following is the schedule for the closures and the recommended routes drivers should take:

  • January 19th night into January 20th morning, 10 pm – 6 am
    • Westbound drivers should use the following alternate routes:
      • Cowan Rd to Pass Rd
      • Courthouse Rd to Pass Rd
      • Hewes Ave to Pass Rd
      • 15th St to Hwy 49
    • Eastbound drivers should use the following alternate route:
      • 30th Ave to…

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Trash taking over streets and highways on the Coast

73 views – Jazell Ladner – 2023-01-05 17:29:30

You can’t get far driving without seeing trash along the highway or streets on the Gulf Coast.

has tried for many years to decrease the litter that seems to be coming from residents.

MDOT has created three programs to combat trash: the sheriff’s inmate program, which brings inmates out to pick up trash. The second program is through the Adopt-A-Highway, which civic groups or organizations have an opportunity to help clean.

Last, MDOT visits schools to teach youth about how litter impacts the environment.

The debris is also causing problems from MDOT works that…

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City of Pascagoula awarded $4.4 million in Restore Act funding

96 views – Rick Gogreve – 2022-11-16 17:32:35

announced on Thursday that he awarded the City of $4.4 million in Restore Act funding.

This funding will go towards supporting the city’s plan to revitalize and develop Lowry Island by building a public marina.

The project includes the demolition of dilapidated structures, environmental remediation, and construction of new infrastructure, including parking, roadways, floating piers, boardwalks, and sidewalks.

Right now, is constructing a new access road to Lowry Island off to make it easier for people to get to. Pascagoula…

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Former MDOT commissioner Dick Hall dies

119 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-11-02 10:20:16

Former Mississippi Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall has died. He was 84.

“Mississippi lost one of its longest tenured public servants and I lost a great friend and mentor,” said Executive Director Brad White. “Commissioner Hall led by example and my life is much better because of the major role he played in it.”

Hall was appointed Central District Transportation Commissioner by Governor Kirk Fordice on April 12, 1999, to fill an unexpired term. He served as Central Transportation Commissioner until his retirement in 2019.

Hall also served 24 years in…

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HWY 49 railroad crossings to close for repairs

215 views – Rick Gogreve – 2022-10-17 17:24:25

Get ready for a big disruption to your drive. has announced the railroad crossing just south of Interstate 10 near Creosote Road and the entrance to Premium Outlets will be closing for repairs.

The northbound lanes of Highway 49 will close starting this coming Sunday night at 10 and will stay closed for up to a week. During that time, all northbound traffic will be rerouted.

Immediately after that, the southbound lanes of Highway 49 at the tracks will close for up to five days which will also close the southbound Highway 49 exits off I-10.

Once that’s…

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MDOT offers preparation tips during peak hurricane season

176 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-08-11 17:53:14

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JACKSON, MISS. — August marks the start of peak Atlantic , and is offering a few tips to help residents, businesses and community organizations prepare before a storm threatens the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“We’ve had a fairly quiet hurricane season so far, but we can’t let our guard down, especially as peak season is now upon us,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “We urge each individual in South Mississippi to prepare now. MDOT offers very helpful free resources to help you make your…

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MDOT urges coastal residents to plan for hurricanes

260 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-06-30 16:38:32

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HATTIESBURG, MISS. –  is officially underway and the () is urging residents to prepare now.

“After a quiet June, the tropics are starting to heat up as we move into July,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “You can count on a tropical storm or hurricane entering the Gulf over the coming months. By taking…

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Caldwell postpones $100M emergency funds


Caldwell holds up $100M emergency road, bridge money for cities and counties

Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell postponed the disbursement of $100 million to cities and counties for emergency road and bridge needs Tuesday saying he wanted more details on how the funds were being divvied.

Caldwell said he had told staff he wanted data on how the projects were selected before on them. Because he said he did not have that information, he voted against approving the list of projects Tuesday at the monthly Transportation Commission meeting.

The other two commissioners – Tom King of the Southern District and Willie Simmons of the Central District – voted to approve the funds, but the law creating the Emergency Road and Bridge Fund in a 2018 special session mandated a unanimous vote of the commission to spend the money.

“We will get it worked out,” Caldwell said after the meeting. “I asked them (staff members) not to put it on the agenda if they did not have the data. I did not think they were.”

The appropriated $100 million for the fund during the 2022 session. The commission was voting Tuesday in an attempt to disburse the funds before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

“We told them in April not to put this out at the last minute,” Caldwell said. He said the hoped to have the list of projects finalized by early June so that it could presented to the Mississippi Municipal League and the Supervisors Association during their annual conferences and then the commission could vote on it at the Tuesday meeting.

The Legislature created the Emergency Road and Bridge Fund in a 2018 special session focused on fixing the ’s crumbling infrastructure, and helping local governments that were facing widespread emergency bridge closures because of disrepair.

In earlier rounds of funding for the program, was able to use some of the money — about a third — on state projects. But in this year’s session the Legislature, flush with money, provided more direct funds to MDOT and decreed that the entire $100 million it allocated to the emergency fund go only to county and city projects.

The Emergency Road and Bridge Fund has an advisory board, but the three-member elected state Transportation Commission must officially – and unanimously – sign off on projects. MDOT staff vets and analyzes the projects and makes efforts to spread them evenly through the three state transportation districts.

White said the plan initially was to use an existing list of approved city and county projects, but that because of inflation and other issues, the advisory council and MDOT staff decided to reopen the application process for the $100 million.

“The law (providing $100 million) was passed in April, and we opened the applications in mid-April to May for locals to apply,” White said. “… In keeping with what we’ve done since 2018, we used computer data analytics, had staff manually go through each application, and also followed the legislative intent that we have equity in projects across the state.”

White said the vetting took some time, and the recommended list was presented to the advisory council a little over a week ago. The council approved the list, White said, then it was provided to the Transportation Commission a week ago.

White said he intends to present the list again for ratification at the commission’s next meeting on July 12, and hopes that Caldwell will have had enough time to review it and the panel will vote unanimously. But under the law, White said, the money sits in limbo until the commission unanimously approves projects.

White said counties and cities presented more than $700 million worth of projects for the $100 million available. He said there were 378 applications, including 297 from counties and 81 from cities or towns. Of those, he said, 54 county projects and seven city or town projects were chosen to present to the commission for the $100 million.

This article first on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

MDOT highway projects under way in South Mississippi

261 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-06-21 08:44:48

Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King announced updates to several projects in .

“Summer is peak construction season at MDOT, and we’re proud to see the progress being made on Mississippi’s highways,” said King. “We are always striving to improve our ’s transportation network by enhancing its safety for our citizens. These projects all represent significant steps in that…

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CTA Unveils the First Public Transit Battery Electric Bus in Mississippi


by Coast Transit Authority, Our Mississippi Home

The time has arrived for the unveiling of Mississippi’s First Battery Electric Bus (BEB) for public transit. This event will be held on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Transit Center. Speakers will include Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes; Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich; Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell; Director of Intermodal Planning Charles Carr;…

This article first on Our Mississippi Home.

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