MDOT Celebrates Centennial Year
JACKSON, MISS.—March 29, 2016, marked the start of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) second century of service to the people of the state. MDOT is celebrating this milestone throughout the year.
“Over the past 100 years, there have been many leaders before me, and it is truly an honor to serve as the first female Executive Director of the Transportation Department,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “I take a tremendous amount of pride in leading this agency into another century of dedicated and focused service to Mississippi.”
On the centennial anniversary, a time capsule was sealed by the Mississippi Transportation Commission commemorating 100 years of service. It will be housed in the lobby of the MDOT Administration Building in Jackson for the next 50 years. The time capsule will preserve a visual record of what the world, state and transportation look like today, and will remain sealed until March 29, 2066. From photographs to technology and maps to manuals, the time capsule will inform people about this era in history along with the projects, priorities and people of MDOT over the past 100 years. View the time capsule and see photos of items enclosed on the centennial website.
An “MDOT 100 Moment” video series featuring Mississippi Native and American Country Music Recording Artist Steve Azar is featured on the recently launched centennial website, GoMDOT.com/MSDOT100. Viewers will be able to explore the Magnolia state’s evolving infrastructure system over the past century and iconic historical events such as the first paved road in 1915, the building of the Mississippi River bridges, the construction of Mississippi’s interstate system and the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
The centennial website also features an interactive timeline where users will be able to navigate the role that transportation played in Mississippi’s development over the past 100 years. Website users can read more about the state’s rich history and find their MDOT 100 Moment.
For the full story of Mississippi’s transportation history visit GoMDOT.com/MSDOT100 and follow @MississippiDOT on social media using the hashtag #MSDOT100.