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Posted on January 25, 2019 at 3:37 PM by Darren Musselwhite
In the 2018 Extraordinary Session last summer, the Mississippi State Legislature established the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund (ERBRF) after recognizing the significance that transportation infrastructure has on the State’s economy and citizens’ mobility. This was long overdue as our state has missed many economic opportunities in the past by failing to spend the money necessary to meet the demands of new business prospects that can bring exponential financial benefits. I applaud and thank our legislators for recognizing this and doing something about it.
The City of Southaven is faced with the major problem of repairing this bridge on Stateline Road over Horn Lake Creek and made application for funding assistance with the ERBRF. This bridge is not unsafe to drive on at this time, but must be repaired soon to prevent any future danger to public safety. I am excited to announce that our application was approved and we will receive $1,989,500 to help us with a total projected repair cost of $2.4 million. The attached link shows all of the approved projects throughout the state that will be funded with the total $250 million program:
http://mdot.ms.gov/portal/erbrf/documents/ERBRF Awarded Projects.pdf
On behalf of the City of Southaven, I’ve expressed my appreciation to MDOT and Commissioner Mike Tagert for their recognition of our needs and importance to the State’s economy. These funds will allow the availability of other funding mechanisms to be used for other needed transportation improvement projects within our city.