Two bridges in the northeast part of Madison County will soon be repaired after the Mississippi Department of Transportation announced funding from a $250 million emergency fund created by the legislature this summer.

Madison County received $575,000 in MDOT funding for the two projects on Sharon Road between Canton and the Farmhaven community. 

County Engineer Dan Gaillet said that the money would fully fund both projects. They include a bridge that was closed “sometime last year” and another one nearby that needs its wood pilings replaced with steel or concrete.

MDOT reports that of the 200 bridges receiving funding, 99 are currently closed.

City and county governments statewide received $213 million total for projects on local roads. The Mississippi Department of Transportation received $37 million for projects on the state highway network.

“The projects are designed but we have to approve our agreement with MDOT and receive the money and then go through the bidding process and then approval processes after that,” Gaillet said. “So, we hope to get started soon but have some things we have to do first that each take a month or a couple of weeks.” 

The Mississippi Transportation Commission last Tuesday announced funding for the 163 ERBRF projects, totaling $250 million. 

Mississippi Transportation Commission Chair Dick Hall said that they received 690 applications for a rough total of $1 billion in repairs.

“While we were not able to fully fund the $1 billion in requested applications, it is a start to addressing the state’s critical infrastructure needs,” said Hall “We want to thank Gov. (Phil) Bryant and the legislature for this is a step in the right direction. However, we need sustained funding to address all deteriorating bridges and crumbling roadways.”

The ERBRF was created by the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2018, which was signed into law during the 2018 Special Legislative Session. It authorized issuance of up to $250 million in bonds to repair public roads and bridges in the state.

“I am pleased with the 163 projects approved by the Mississippi Transportation Commission this morning,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn, whose district covers part of Madison County. “The funds that the legislature secured during the special legislative session last year for emergency road and bridge replacement is being put to work. The commission recognized the infrastructure needs throughout our state and made sure that counties and cities across the state will see needed dollars to repair our road system. I commend them on acting quickly and look forward to seeing the work begin.”

MDOT projects include nearly $8 million for work on Highway 51 and four other projects including a portion of Highway 49 near Hattiesburg. The city of Jackson received $723,750 for Beasley Road and $409,792.50 for a project on Meadowbrook Road. Also in the area, Hinds County received more than $1.6 million for two projects. 

Projects were chosen based on metrics that took into account bridge condition, project readiness, traffic volume, mobility, and economic impact.