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Emergency Road and Bridge Repair projects announced

List includes Austin Road project in DeSoto County

Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation news release

The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) on Tuesday, July 25 announced funding for 40 Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund (ERBRF) projects. The approved projects will revitalize local, public roads and bridges across the state.

“Emergency Road and Bridge Funding has been one of the most successful programs coming out of the legislature in recent years,” said Commissioner John Caldwell, Northern Transportation District. “These important bridge projects on local roads will improve the safety of an integrated transportation network across Mississippi. Hopefully, we’ll see this vital program continue and expand.”

Per Senate Bill 3120, eligible projects were limited to the 2022 solicitation.  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.

Recognizing the significance transportation infrastructure has on the state’s economy and its importance to the citizens for mobility, the Mississippi Legislature established the ERBRF during the 2018 Extraordinary Session to revitalize public roads and bridges across the state.

During the 2023 session, the Mississippi Legislature re-upped the program. Per program guidelines, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) administers the ERBRF for emergency repairs to local, public roads and bridges.

“I extend our deepest appreciation to the Mississippi Legislature for entrusting MDOT with the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund program. Through the program, vital repairs will continue to be made to local roads and bridges across the state.” said MDOT Executive Director Brad White. “With this level of support, we at MDOT are empowered to pave the way for progress and ensure smoother journeys for all Mississippians.”

A complete list of projects receiving funding through the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund is found here:

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