The Clarion-Ledger, 3/13/9

More than a dozen Mississippi counties soon could lose $9.2 million intended for repairs to their aging bridges if they don’t start spending the money faster.

Legislation awaiting Gov. Haley Barbour’s signature would allow the Mississippi Department of Transportation to review counties’ use of the Local System Bridge Program funding. If counties don’t start bridge replacements or repairs within two years of receiving funds, MDOT could redistribute the money among other eligible projects.

According to the most recent MDOT figures, about 19 counties stand to lose funds if projects aren’t started by July 1, when the legislation is slated to go into effect should Barbour sign it.