The Mississippi Department of Transportation is facing a funding “crisis” with public safety at stake. That was the message delivered Thursday morning by Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King.
He laid out his concerns at a news conference in Hattiesburg. King talked about the lack of money for MDOT while standing near large maps of “underfunded” highway and bridge projects.
He said growth and economic development are being hampered, but the overriding concern is public safety.
“As road conditions continue to decrease, the safety risk to the traveling public will only increase. If we want to save the state’s transportation system, action must be taken today,” said King.