Funding Infrastructure to Top 2017 Legislative Session Agenda
Mississippi’s infrastructure is crumbling and lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fix it.
In South Mississippi, many of our roads had to be redone after Katrina, but that’s not the case statewide. This summer, legislators toured the state with MDOT, inspecting deteriorating roads and bridges. Many bridges in the state are not secure enough to hold a school bus even though those buses pass atop them every year.
Transportation Chair Representative Charles Busby tells News 25 it’s an issue that desperately needs to be addressed.”We’ve got to find a way to get more money into preserving the infrastructure that we’ve built so that we don’t waste it. We’ve got to take a stance on that.”
While the issue is often brought up during legislative sessions, lawmakers struggle to agree on how to fund fixes. Legislators across the state have suggested using BP money to fund infrastructure fixes, something many Coast lawmakers are fighting against.