- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division.

Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be employed with the DOT until January.

MDOT officials say no other layoffs are planned.

A majority of the MDOT’s money has been shifted to existing highways instead of new road projects. The Right-of-Way Division’s workload decreased, but staff remained at the same level.

MDOT officials say the agency is adopting “best business practices, right-sizing our workforce and improving business processes with a focus on ways to reduce operational costs.”

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Some information from WMC-TV in Memphis, https://www.wmctv.com

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