State Runs Out Of Money For Highway Project

PHILADELPHIA, MS (Ben Caxton) — A tight state budget has prompted Mississippi transportation commissioners to cancel a highway project. Last week the transportation commission cancelled contracts for the Highway 16 bypass to ease commercial vehicle traffic in downtown Philadelphia. Commissioners say the state can’t afford the estimated $130 million to build a bypass around Philadelphia but will instead spend money repairing existing roads and bridges instead of building new ones. The Department of Transportation needs an additional $400 million a year but the legislature has rejected proposals to increase the gasoline tax to put more money into highways and bridges.



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