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Billions of federal dollars guaranteed tor crumbling infrastructure

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The state will receive $2.5 billion over the next five years through the recently passed "Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act," known as the FAST Act. The funding will allow M-DOT to plan for long-term projects instead of scheduling work on a month-to-month basis.

M-DOT officials are grateful, but they say since there's so much work needed across the state, the funding will help only with maintenance and keeping roads acceptable.

"Acceptable doesn't mean that everything looks new. It means that you don't have potholes, posted bridges, deficient structures, dips in the road. That's what it means to maintain a roadway at an adequate level of service," said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath.

The FAST Act will provide more than $200 billion in total among the states.

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