JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation will turn 100 years old this year. Specifically, on March 29, 2016. And they need your help to celebrate the milestone.
First, the agency is trying to find the oldest living former employee. These former employees will be invited to celebration events being held later this year.
Second, MDOT is seeking photographs and/or videos that show the history of transportation in Mississippi. These photos and videos will be included in the timeline showing the evolution of transportation in Mississippi. Just think about how much has changed in the last century.
"Our transportation system has greatly evolved over this time, and we want to show Mississippians how far it's come and where the future is taking us," MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath said.
To submit information to MDOT, you can email email@example.com or call (601) 359-7074. MDOT requests that all information be submitted by February 15, 2016.
The Mississippi State Highway Commission was formed by the Mississippi Legislature in 1916 with the purpose to act in a supervisory capacity in the administration of federal funds allotted to the state and to work with the Federal Bureau of Public Roads in the planning of a system of highways.
In 1930, the Mississippi Legislature enacted the "Stansel Act" creating the first effective Highway Department and highway system in the state. This act created a three-member elected Highway Commission with full and general supervisory responsibility over all highway matters and the authority to appoint an executive director with responsibility over the day to day operation of the agency.
In July 1992, the State Highway Commission and Highway Department were reorganized into the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) which is governed by the Mississippi Transportation Commission.
"We would like to thank the citizens for helping MDOT celebrate 100 years of service to the state of Mississippi," said McGrath.
For more information about MDOT's 100 year celebration, visit http://mdot.ms.gov/msdot100/index.html.