transportation bill containing funds for major highway
projects in north Mississippi passed the U.S. House of
Representatives Friday, Rep. Roger Wicker said. The
Senate also OKd the measure July 29 and sent it to
the White House to be signed into law.
provides $286.4 billion for highways, public
transportation and safety programs across the nation,
including Marshall County.
the six year authorization will aid the states
economy and make travel safer all across Mississippi. The
comprehensive package includes improvements to reduce
fatalities, ease congestion, and promote economic
development. The bill also allocates money from the
Highway Trust Fund to the 50 states for existing projects
and new transportation initiatives.
He said he
hopes to secure additional funding for these projects
through the regular appropriations process.
our transportation system will save lives and help move
goods and services more efficiently, Rep. Wicker
said. These efforts will also boost economic
development, create jobs, and make travel more convenient
in Mississippi and across the nation.
Cochran said, I am pleased the Senate has passed
this much-needed Highway bill. I have worked closley with
the entire Mississippi Congressional delegation to ensure
that our transportation needs received fair
Mississippi projects include:
million for work on Star Landing Road in DeSoto
County. The work involves construction of six
miles of roadway at the new Interstate 55
interchange connecting Getwell Road to the east
and Tulane Road to the west.
$28.2 million to continue widening Interstate 55
in DeSoto County.
$105 million for work on sections of Interstate
69 in Mississippi, as well as a share of $50
million to be spread over seven states in the
region. The highway that will connect Canada to
Mexico through the heartland of America will run
through Marshall and DeSoto Counties.
am pleased we could include funding to advance
our efforts to complete Interstate 69, Rep.
Wicker said. The roadway will help make
travel safer and create countless economic
development opportunities all along the route
through Mississippi, Rep. Wicker said.
million for upgrades along U.S. Highway 78 to
help bring the roadway to interstate standards.
The highway was designated as future Interstate
22 in legislation passed in 2003 and will
officially become I-22 when it is linked to
Interstate 65 in Alabama. Improvements include
widening shoulders and exits in some areas,
installing medians and fencing.
$2.4 million for construction on Highway 45
Bypass in Columbus. The work would ease
congestion along a 6.9 mile stretch that
currently handles 27,000 vehicles per day, and
that number is projected to rise to 42,000 by
2020. The funding is in addition to $992,000 for
the project in the 2005 omnibus appropriations
bill enacted in November.
$2.4 million to continue four-laning Highway 6
between Pontotoc and Tupelo. When completed, the
project will provide an important four-lane link
from Batesville to Tupelo to the Alabama state
line. The project will get an additional $5.1
million for each year of the authorization period
from funds in the bill for the Appalachian
Developmental Highway Program.
marks the first full reauthorization of Highway programs
since the last bill expired in September 2003.
Mississippi will also benefit from a new formula for
federal funding. Under current law Mississippi receives a
90.5 percent rate of return on payments made to the
Highway Trust Fund, while the new bill provides 95
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