Poor Conditions Predicted for Mississippi Highways

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Jackson, Mississippi State transportation officials say half of Mississippi's highways will be in poor condition by 2035 if current funding levels continue.

That analysis by the Mississippi Department of Transportation was presented Wednesday to a task force of lawmakers, business leaders and others created by the state Senate to look at highway needs.

The analysis shows that $400 million is needed annually to maintain Mississippi highways, but only $150 million was being spent.

The analysis shows while the need to maintain road grows, the development of more efficient vehicles has impacted Mississippi's motor fuels taxes, which are consumption driven

The task force expects to have a report completed for the 2014 Legislature.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the group will visit communities around the state this fall.