Letter to Honorable Mississippi U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, Honorable Mississippi Congressmen; 1st District Trent Kelly; 2nd District Bennie Thompson; 3rd District Michael Guest and 4thDistrict Steven Palazzo
From Mississippi 11th District Senator Robert L. Jackson:
May 3, 2021
Mississippi like no other state has an awesome opportunity to invest in our crumbling infrastructure. President Joe Biden has called for a huge investment in our infrastructure and I for one think it is a great idea as we have for years neglected our roads, bridges, ports, parks, and other public venues.
Mississippi meets the three prerequisites the Biden Administration said would qualify for priority funding – (1) rural, (2) poor, (3) areas that were left out or overlooked.
The Mississippi Delta certainly meets this description.
I am, with this letter, advocating for 4-laning of Highway 6/278 from Batesville to Clarksdale and to complete the Highway 61 corridor that was never finished. I also ask that I-69 be completed as it is planned to become part of a route that run from the Mexican border in Texas to the Canadian border in Michigan.
In terms of Hwy 6/278, I have long worked to make this happen but because of a lack of funding, are no closer than we were twenty years ago.
The legislation being promulgated by President Biden offers us a rare opportunity to accomplish these goals in our lifetimes, if we can work together and bury the bitter partisan politics and do what is good and right for the people of Mississippi.
Mississippi has long been overlooked and too little has been invested from state sources and the federal government in our infrastructure for the past fifty years.
I am asking each of you Senator Hyde-Smith and Wicker and Representatives Kelly, Thompson, Guest and Palazzo to come together across party lines and help Mississippi obtain its share of infrastructure funding being proposed by President Biden.
District 11 Mississippi Senator Robert L Jackson