Home » NEWS » Mississippi highway bypass project canned amid tight budget

Mississippi highway bypass project canned amid tight budget

A tight state budget has prompted Mississippi transportation commissioners to cancel a highway project.

Commission chairman Dick Hall says in a news release Thursday that the state can’t afford the estimated $130 million to build a bypass around Philadelphia.

Transportation commissioners on Tuesday canceled contracts for the Highway 16 bypass, which was designed to ease commercial vehicle traffic in downtown Philadelphia.

Commissioners instead will spend money to repair existing roads and bridges that are in bad shape.

Hall says the Mississippi Department of Transportation needs an additional $400 million a year. Legislators have rejected proposals to increase the gasoline tax to put more money into highways and bridges.

Department of Transportation director Melinda McGrath says officials intend to maintain existing routes before adding new ones.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Associated Press

One comment

  1. Until the additional funding is available, this is the correct action to take for our existing highways.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*