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Mississippi eligible for share in $225M

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Mississippi could see a share in $225 million that has been made available to rural states for bridge replacement and rehabilitation.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and said that Mississippi is among 25 states with a low population density (fewer than 100 people per square mile) that may submit applications to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for support through the U.S. Department of Transportation Competitive Bridge Program for FY2018. The FHWA will accept three applications per state.

“Bridge closures across Mississippi disrupt lives and commerce, and the state and counties are actively working to tackle this problem.  A chance to compete for federal funding, specifically designated for rural states, is an opportunity to build on those efforts,” Hyde-Smith said.

Under provisions established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, the $225 million will be used for highway bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects on public roads that demonstrate cost savings by bundling multiple highway bridge projects.  The federal cost-share for some projects could be up to 95 percent.

Details of the FHWA Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Competitive Highway Bridge Program for  FY2018 were published in the Federal Register today.  This FY2018 funding is to remain available through Sept. 30, 2021.

“There are significant infrastructure needs in our state and across the nation, but I’m pleased that congressional appropriators made this specific funding available to our state,” Hyde-Smith said.

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