/Senate wants to spend $300 million on emergency bridge, road repairs

Senate wants to spend $300 million on emergency bridge, road repairs

This proposal could accelerate the repair of more 200 bridges in state that have been closed or posted for structural issues. It now heads to Congress. “Right now we have millions in federal relief funds flowing through the economy,” stated Lt. Governor. Delbert Hosemann. “Our constituents, cities and counties have asked us to allocate our resources to improving our infrastructure. We are listening, and we hope to send the legislation to the governor “But the legislation will likely get stuck in House and Senate discussions over major income tax cuts. Briggs Hopson (Senate Appropriations Chairman) would direct $300 million from $1.1 billion of surplus state revenue to the program. In 2018, the Legislature approved an emergency repair program for hundreds of state bridges that were in serious disrepair. It was initially funded with $250 million of borrowing. The program was also funded by $89 million more by lawmakers last year. The Mississippi Department of Transportation runs the ERBR Program. It is aided by a board of local and industry leaders. READ MORE: Complete coverage of the 2022 legislative session