Barbour signs bond bill to fund more than $300M of Miss. transportation projects

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill authorizing more than $300 million in bonds to finance highways, bridges and other transportation projects.

It includes $90 million to improve highways leading to a Toyota plant that has been built, but not yet opened, near Blue Springs in northeast Mississippi. Barbour calls Toyota roads “very, very important.”

The bill has $100 million to repair or replace state highway bridges, $20 million for local bridges and $20 million for county roads.

It also funds improvements to U.S. Highway 49 near Camp Shelby south of Hattiesburg, and to build new interchanges at the camp’s north and south gates.

A commission made up of the governor, the treasurer and the attorney general will vote later on issuing the bonds.

April 15