Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

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Tuesday, June 6

MDOT Releases Coast Recovery Update

The following is a list of Gulf Coast Transportation Recovery efforts in which the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) was involved in during the week of May 29-June 2:

o MDOT officials plan to award the contract for the construction of the Biloxi Bay Bridge and approaches in Jackson and Harrison counties to the proposed project with the apparent best value June 6. The three responding firms are GC Construction of Kansas City; Granite Archer Western of Watsonville, Calif.; and, Yates/Hill of Philadelphia, Miss. The proposals will be evaluated and the selected firm will be announced later this month.

o A special Transportation Commission meeting will be held June 6 to make a recommendation for a design-build contract to be awarded for the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge project.

o MDOT has established a call center to assist the public in a crisis situation. There will be several shifts of 20 people each to answer calls from the public regarding road conditions during emergency circumstances. The toll-free number for the traveling public will be 1-866-521-MDOT. This number will be activated only in the event of any natural disaster.


Anonymous Shawn Miller said...

As an employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, I feel it is time for change. MDOT is a big organization without any outside oversight. Someone needs to protect the employees. I feel that the solution is the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/Communication Workers of America Local 3570 (MASE/CWA). I have been experiencing the effects of not having a voice in the work place. I am standing up for the rights of all state employees to be represented by a union. It is time for Mississippi to move forward and leave behind the effects of "slave labor" mentality.

Shawn Miller
103 Shemper Dr. #4
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

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