JACKSON, MISS. – The Mississippi Transportation Commission on Tuesday announced funding for 163
Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund (ERBRF) projects.
Totaling $250 million, the approved projects will repair or replace 200 bridges severely restricting
mobility, including 99 that are currently closed and another 91 that have posted weight restrictions.
City and county governments received $213 million for projects on local roads. The Mississippi
Department of Transportation (MDOT) received $37 million for projects on the state highway network.
“The Transportation Commission unanimously approved the selected projects from a pool of 690
applications totaling nearly $1 billion,” said Commissioner Mike Tagert, Northern Transportation District.
“Although all applications contained important projects, those awarded will provide the greatest benefit to the
the state’s crippled infrastructure.”
Applications were received between November 14 and December 14 last year. Projects were chosen
based on metrics that took into account bridge condition, project readiness, traffic volume, mobility, and
economic impact. Each application was analyzed and ranked based on these metrics and other criteria
established through joint meetings with the ERBRF Advisory Board as well as survey information received
from local governments.
“The Transportation Commission worked closely with MDOT and the advisory board to ensure the most
effective statewide allocation of funds which improves public safety and strengthens Mississippi’s
the economy” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “The selected projects will
replace closed and posted bridges, reopening many agricultural and commercial corridors as well as
providing safe passage for emergency vehicles and school buses.”
The Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund was created by the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization
Act (MIMA) of 2018, which was signed into law during the 2018 Special Legislative Session. It authorized the issuance of up to $250 million in bonds to repair public roads and bridges in the state.
“While we were not able to fully fund the $1 billion in requested applications, it is a start to addressing
the state’s critical infrastructure needs,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, chair, Mississippi Transportation
Commission. “We want to thank Gov. Bryant and the legislature for this is a step in the right direction.
However, we need sustained funding to address all deteriorating bridges and crumbling roadways.”
For a complete list of projects receiving funding through the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund,
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