Recent drought causes MS roads to deteriorate

Recent drought causes MS roads to deteriorate
MS roads continue to deteriorate. Photo credit Mississippi Association of Supervisors

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the recent drought in Mississippi has had a detrimental effect on state roads.

In a press release issued by MDOT, officials addressed the lack of rainfall throughout the fall season.

"Our roads are suffering the effects of extreme loss of rainfall throughout the state," Mississippi Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom King said.

Underneath the drought, Pine belt officials believe that if the state does not get funding, the roads may not be fixed.

"The funding has not changed since the mid 80's, and the cost of bridge replacement and road maintenance has more than tripled," Forrest County Board of Supervisors President David Hogan said.

"We're going to see a continued deterioration of our roads and bridges until that funding formula is addressed," Hogan said.

According to Hogan, the state is not bringing in enough revenue to maintain roads and bridges.

Hogan said he is hopeful that a solution can be reached.

"I think that we will see something done in the not so distant future," Hogan said.