Meridian Star

January 25, 2014

Panel cites road, no funding solution


Associated Press

JACKSON — JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A transportation study task force has concluded that the state does not generate enough money to take care of its highway needs.

But the task force, which completed its work earlier this week, offered no funding solution.

Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, who headed the task force, had hoped that the panel would reach consensus on a revenue source for transportation improvements.

Simmons tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the task force's report will be presented to the Legislature where he will work "to develop a plan to improve our roads and bridges to prevent a tragedy from occurring in the future."

The final report found that 25 percent or, 20,000 miles, of highways are in "very poor condition" and that $400 million is needed annually for highway improvements.