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Select...Central2826Katool, PaulCanton officials gathered September 16 to break ground on a $1.2 million sidewalk project.

September 18, 2019

Canton breaks ground on school sidewalk project

JACKSON, MISS. – Canton officials gathered September 16 to break ground on a $1.2 million sidewalk project.

The Safe Routes to School project will add nearly 4,400 linear feet of new sidewalks connecting Nichols Middle and McNeal Elementary schools. This project was funded by Federal Highway Administration and appropriated by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

“Safety is always MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District. “These new sidewalks will provide a safe route for children and families to get to and from school each day.”

The ceremony was held at Washington Avenue and Ricks Drive. City officials gathered with contractors, residents and other stakeholders to celebrate the project.

“Thank you to all the people involved who made this project possible,” Mayor William Truly, Jr., said. “Our children are our greatest assets, and we have to ensure the safety of the future.”

The project was awarded to Hemphill Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Safe Routes to School Program enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school safely. The program sets out to make walking and bicycling a more appealing transportation option for students in grades kindergarten through eighth, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

The program goal is to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of primary and middle schools while making active transportation a viable option to travel to school.

For additional summer travel tips or other travel related information, visit MDOTtraffic.com or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

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CUTLINE: Canton Mayor William Truly, Jr., on September 16 was joined by city officials, contractors and Mississippi Department of Transportation representatives to break ground on a Safe Routes to School sidewalk project.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
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AwardsStatewide2825Katool, PaulOn September 19, 2019, equipment operators from Departments of Transportation around the southeast competed at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo in Biloxi.

September 20, 2019

 

Winners at Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo competition announced

 

BILOXI, MISS. – On September 19, 2019, equipment operators from Departments of Transportation around the southeast competed at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo in Biloxi. Individual winners of each competition and the overall state with the most points were announced that evening.

 

Focusing on efficiency and skill, roadeos provide highway workers with an opportunity to display their mastery of vehicle handling, trailer maneuvering and heavy equipment precision. The event and judging criteria provide feedback and let operators evaluate their strengths and challenges. Operators improve techniques and learn new skills while engaging in some friendly competition.

 

The safety and training event was hosted by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) in Biloxi at the Gulf Coast Convention Center.

 

“Employee training is one way state DOTs ensure that crews in the field are operating as safely as possible,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT Executive Director. “Roadeos allow skilled maintenance workers to share best practices and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities gained from experience working on our nation’s highways.”

 

Competitors in the Southeastern Regional Roadeo were chosen from state competitions held earlier this year. Competing states include Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Competitors are judged for how well they operate and maneuver equipment such as dump trucks, backhoes, motor graders, tractor mowers and truck trailers.

 

The top three states that competed were:

 

1.     Tennessee

2.     Mississippi

3.     Arkansas

 

 

Event Winners

 

Backhoe

1.      Ethan Norman – Arkansas

2.      Joe Sharp – Kentucky

3.      Courtney Vanover – Kentucky

Lowboy

1.      Billy Coward – Mississippi

2.      Richie Fulgham – Mississippi

3.      Johnny Jason – Arkansas

Motor Grader

1.      Jeremy Hankins – Mississippi

2.      Robert Hodnett – Georgia

3.      Joel Bates – Tennessee

Single Axle Dump

1.      Brandon Varnadore – South Carolina

2.      Wade Ramsey – Tennessee

3.      Brandon Hickson – Tennessee

Tandem Axle Dump

1.      Keith Carpenter – Arkansas

2.      Scott Burgess – South Carolina

3.      Michael Bezok – Virginia

Tractor/Mower

1.      Trevor Staggs – Tennessee

2.      Ben Yost – South Carolina

3.      Jason Lacks – Virginia

 

For more information about the Equipment Operators Roadeo, visit http://southeastroadeo.org/.

 

Photos and Cutlines

 

Link to Photos: https://file-exchange.mdot.state.ms.us/dl/?f=9ead5cb2863b52115cc05515c8fb423d0ea615e0


Backhoe L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Ethan Norman of Arkansas Department of Transportation who won the Backhoe event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Joe Sharp of Kentucky Department of Transportation finished second and Courtney Vanover also of Kentucky Department of Transportation finished third.

 

Lowboy L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Billy Coward of Mississippi Department of Transportation who won the Lowboy event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Richie Fulgham also of Mississippi Department of Transportation finished second and Johnny Jason of Arkansas Department of Transportation finished third.

 

Motor Grader L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Jeremy Hankins of Mississippi Department of Transportation who won the Motor Grader event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Robert Hodnett of Georgia Department of Transportation finished second and Joel Bates of Tennessee Department of Transportation finished third.

 

Single-Axle L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Brandon Varnadore of South Carolina Department of Transportation who won the Single Axle Dump Truck event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Wade Ramsey of Tennessee Department of Transportation finished second and Brandon Hickson also of Tennessee Department of Transportation finished third.

 

Tandem Axle L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Keith Carpenter of Arkansas Department of Transportation who won the Tandem Axle Dump Truck event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Scott Burgess of South Carolina Department of Transportation finished second and Michael Bezok of Virginia Department of Transportation finished third.

 

Tractor/Mower L to R: MDOT Chief Engineer James Williams congratulates Trevor Staggs of Tennessee Department of Transportation who won the Tractor/Mower event at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Roadeo. Ben Yost of South Carolina Department of Transportation finished second and Jason Lacks of Virginia Department of Transportation finished third.

 


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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
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Traffic AlertNorthern28249/21/2019Flood, MichaelClosures have been scheduled for several ramps at the I-55 and SR 8 interchange.

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        Closures have been scheduled for several ramps at the I-55 and SR 8 interchange.

WHEN:        The northbound entrance ramp to I-55 and the southbound off ramp to SR 8 will close between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 21.

The northbound off ramp to SR 8 and the southbound entrance ramp to I-55 will close between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, September 23.  

WHERE:      The I-55 and SR interchange in Grenada County.   

WHY:          Crews will be resurfacing ramps during each closure period.

HOW:          Motorists are advised to be on high alert for roadside workers.  

Stay updated at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

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Traffic AlertCentral2823Katool, PaulI-55 southbound in Madison County will close in 30 minute intervals as crews perform bridge work over the travel lanes tonight.

September 17, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

Temporary Closures on I-55 South in Madison County Overnight

WHO:          The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

WHAT:        I-55 southbound will close in 30 minute intervals as crews perform bridge work over the travel lanes tonight. The Natchez Trace and Old Agency Road on-ramps to I-55 southbound will also have temporary closures while bridge work takes place.

WHEN:        Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

WHERE:      I-55 southbound at Old Agency Road (Exit 105B) in Madison County.  

WHY:          Intermittent closures are required to allow crews to hang deck pans over the interstate.

HOW:          Work will take place overnight to limit traffic impact. Motorists are advised to be on high alert for roadside workers and pay close attention to posted detour signage.  

Stay updated at MDOTtraffic.com, download the MDOT Traffic mobile app and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
9/17/2019 3:40 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Temporary Closures on I-55 South in Madison County Overnight
  
Traffic AlertSouthern28229/17/2019Roh, KatelynPavement restoration on State Route 53 in Pearl River County expected to cause delays

September 16, 2019

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

Pavement restoration on State Route 53 in Pearl River County expected to cause delays

WHO:        The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

WHAT:       Lane closures.

WHEN:      Tuesday, September 17 from 7am until 6pm.

WHERE:    State Route 53 between Cuevas Gravel Pit Road and Interstate 59 in Pearl River County south of Poplarville.

WHY:         On Tuesday, September 17, there will be alternating lane closures on SR 53 between Cuevas Gravel Pit Rd and I-59 while crews work towards finishing pavement restoration project.

Flagmen will be present to direct traffic. Local traffic should find an alternate route. Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for roadside workers.

Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app. Learn how to navigate a highway work zone safely, as well as other safe driving tips at GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms.

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

9/16/2019 2:26 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Pavement restoration on State Route 53 in Pearl River County expected to cause delays
  
Traffic AlertSouthern28219/20/2019Roh, KatelynOn Friday, September 20, crews will start making repairs to the bridge over the CNIC Railroad on U.S Highway 98 in McComb.

September 13, 2019


TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
U.S. Highway 98 closure in Pike County

WHO:       The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).   

WHAT:      Highway closure. Stay updated with live travel information at MDOTtraffic.com or download the MDOT Traffic mobile app..

WHEN:      Beginning Friday, September 20, at 8pm.

WHERE:   U.S. Highway 98 at the Canadian National/Illinois Central (CNIC) Railroad Bridge in McComb in Pike County.

WHY:       On Friday, September 20, crews will start making repairs to the bridge over the CNIC Railroad on U.S Highway 98 in McComb. Repairs include work on the bridge deck and roadway surface. The closure is expected to last until 6am on Monday, September 23.

Truck traffic will be warned to use other state routes by message signs in Tylertown, Magnolia, and West McComb. Local traffic should find an alternate route.
Advance warning signs will be in place. Motorists are reminded to be on high alert for roadside workers. Learn how to navigate a highway work zone safely, as well as other safe driving tips at
GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms

 

9/13/2019 1:12 PMTRAFFIC ADVISORY: U.S. Highway 98 closure in Pike County
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