The Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed a road and bridge funding bill, allocating $150-$175 million per year for fixing roads and bridges beginning in July.
The House proposal outlines:
The bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 109-7.
This passage comes just after the Federal Highway Administration closed 57 bridges throughout the state after an audit of 114 local bridges.
MEC applauds the recognition of the importance of the need for fixing Mississippi’s roads and bridges by the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House and their commitment to making a difference.
MEC held a press conference after the House adjourned yesterday, praising the bill’s passage and highlighting the support of state leaders. MEC COO Scott Waller, Mississippi Municipal League Executive Director Shari Veazey and Mississippi Association of Supervisors Executive Director Derrick Surrette spoke at the news conference praising the house action.
Over 6,200 Mississippians have signed forms asking their legislators to make fixing Mississippi’s roads and bridges a priority in 2017. The responses, emphasizing Mississippi Roads Matters, have been collected in just three weeks’ time.
If the responses were laid out end-to-end, they would stretch over a mile long.
Unsafe roads and bridges hurt jobs in Mississippi. Over 2,000 Mississippi bridges won’t carry the legal weight they were designed for. Plus, there are thousands of miles of hazardous roads.