MDOT receives lottery funds worth $80 million to repave highways, “we don’t gamble on safety”

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently received new funds worth approximately $80 million from the state lottery. The money will be used to address the state’s maintenance projects and repave over 250 miles of highway.

The Mississippi Transportation Commission put a priority on using the funds for pavement restoration, specifically on upgrading the aging infrastructure across the state. The pavement rehabilitation projects are expected to increase the quality and safety of the state’s highway system, especially in areas that urgently needed assistance like rural Mississippi communities.

“We don’t gamble on safety. MDOT wasted no time putting these funds to use and awarded numerous projects throughout the state, many are already underway” said Commissioner Tom King, chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “MDOT is very appreciative of the legislature for designating a portion of the lottery proceeds to Mississippi’s maintenance needs.”

As of December 2020, a total of 281 miles have been or will be repaved, and so far, a total of $73.4 million has been awarded for these projects statewide.

“Adequate funding is the winning ticket for a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure. These paving projects make our highways safer and make Mississippi a better place to live and work,” said Commissioner Willie Simmons, Central Transportation District. “I want to thank Gov. Tate Reeves, Speaker Philip Gunn, former Gov. Phil Bryant, and our legislators during the 2018 special extraordinary session for committing $80 million in lottery proceeds that will go a long way in maintaining the state’s infrastructure.”

To view the full list of pavement restoration projects click here.