State to make federal road funds competitive

TUPELO – For the first time in recent memory, Mississippi will make some cities compete for federal road dollars they used to get automatically each year.

Communities with the best proposals and the ability to match the most local money will win a portion of the estimated $7.5 million pot, which comes from the Surface Transportation Program – or STP, administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Those who fail to apply or whose projects underwhelm the judges will walk away empty handed.

“You could be in a good position to do something even larger than before, but then again, you lose out on some money you were used to getting on a regular basis,” said Dave Huwe, Corinth’s director of Community Development and Planning.

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