New MS Transportation Plan Could Cost Taxpayers $3.2 Billion

(Jackson, MS)- Mississippi Department of Transportation Central District Commissioner Dick Hall laid out about 11,000 miles worth of highway that the department hasn’t been able to maintain due to a lack of funds. Some road managers say there are several roads that haven’t been touched in over 25 years. Potholes have become an even more expensive issue. The plan would cost taxpayers an additional $400 million per year, a total of $3.2 billion over the life of the project. Commissioner Hall says that money will have to come from lawmakers raising taxes and maybe approving a lottery. The eight-year plan will go towards fixing some roadways while replacing others. That includes repairing 900 bridges around the state.

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