The first round of federal funding to repair bridges under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law was announced Friday morning.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) pointed out that for decades, Mississippi has suffered from a systemic lack of resources in regard to infrastructure. The Bridge Formula Program will bridge this gap.
Mississippi will be awarded $45 million in fiscal year 2022 to cover 45,023 bridges in poor condition under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program will provide a total of $225 million over the next five years. This will ensure sustainable transportation options for millions of Mississippians.
"This historic bridge program represents one of the greatest investments in the nation’s infrastructure," said Thompson. "This initiative will provide funding to fix some of the structurally deficient bridges in Mississippi."
The investment is designed to help Mississippi repair local bridges that are critical for getting to school and work, moving commerce, and connecting communities.
The Infrastructure Law also includes a separate program designed to support larger bridges through a competitive grant program.
Details on that program will be announced at a later date.