Below is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation:
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker met with the Mississippi Transportation Commission and MDOT Executive Director Brad White on Thursday Morning.
Senator Wicker serves as the ranking member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He also serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Together, the two committees have oversight over a large portion of the nation’s infrastructure needs and were key to negotiating the scope of the Senate’s recently passed bipartisan infrastructure package that is now pending in the House of Representatives.
Senator Wicker recently voted in favor of a bipartisan infrastructure bill. He spoke with MDOT officials about the benefits of the package, which would provide the Magnolia State with about $3.3 billion for roads and highways and $225 million for bridges.
Wicker noted that MDOT and Mississippi cities and counties have over 6,000 miles of highway and over 1,000 bridges rated in poor condition that would stand to benefit from the package. The senator also spoke to the Commissioners about existing federal funding opportunities for Mississippi infrastructure projects and his support for the state’s applications for federal transportation infrastructure grants.