Richland business receives funding from transportation commission

Special to SW Rankin News

The Mississippi Transportation Commission at its May meeting awarded contracts for maintenance projects throughout Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will oversee the fourteen projects, which will maintain and enhance transportation infrastructure of the state.

“These projects will make our highways safer and make Mississippi a better place to live and work,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E. “All of our projects, whether pavement overlays or bridge replacements, help ensure the businesses and people of Mississippi have efficient and reliable infrastructure for travel and transport of goods and services.”

Commissioner Tom King, Chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission, said, “These projects will help MDOT continue to provide safe and reliable transportation to Mississippi’s traveling public. A robust transportation network is vital for economic development.”

Among the fourteen awarded contracts, one for the Central Transportation District included a $1.6 million contract to APAC-Mississippi, Inc., of Richland, for a two-mile mill and overlay project on U.S. Highway 51 from Dinkins Street to State Route 16 in Madison County.

“Safety is always MDOT’s top priority,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. “These projects will significantly increase the safety and mobility throughout north Mississippi.”

MDOT will release additional information regarding timelines and impacts to traffic prior to the start of construction and will alert the traveling public prior to any changes in traffic.

Highway work zones present new traffic patterns and configurations that may be unfamiliar to some motorists. For information about how to navigate highway work zones safely, visit

For more information about these or other MDOT maintenance and construction projects, visit, download the free MDOT Traffic mobile app or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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