National group confirms state has poor roads

TRIP, a Washington, D.C.,-based group funded at least partly by companies in the road and bridge construction and maintenance business, released the report during a news conference at the state Capitol.

The TRIP report concluded “if Mississippi is unable to complete needed transportation projects, it will hamper the state’s ability to…enhance economic development opportunities and quality of life.”

According to the report, more than half of the state’s “major locally and state maintained roads” are in poor (28 percent) or mediocre condition (27 percent.)

The report said the information was gleaned from Federal Highway Administration data gathered annually by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
In terms of bridges, 12 percent statewide were listed as deficient – the 12th highest share in the nation.

Daily Journal
6/1/17