MDOT halts funding for Southaven projects over Davis probe

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has frozen funding for all new MDOT projects in Southaven because of the ongoing auditor’s investigation into Mayor Greg Davis’ spending.

“We are trying to be good stewards of taxpayer money, so until the city gets a clean bill of health from the state auditor’s office, the funding will be delayed,” said Randy Battey, assistant chief engineer of operations for MDOT.

Earlier this month, MDOT officials said funding for an $850,000 state grant the city was set to receive to construct a nearly 3-mile bike path and walking trail system linking the city’s two largest parks was not in any danger.

But Wednesday afternoon, Battey said that was not the case.

Commercial Appeal
1/26/12