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JACKSON MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW REPORT EVALUATES MISSISSIPPI ROAD & BRIDGE CONDITIONS, CONGESTION, TRAFFIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION FUNDING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of Mississippi’s surface transportation system will be released at a news conference in Jackson at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23. The report is being released by TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

The report, “Mississippi Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” examines road and bridge conditions, congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in Mississippi. According to the report, the average driver in the Jackson area loses nearly $1,900 annually as a result of driving on roads that are deteriorated, congested, and that lack some desirable safety features. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional data for the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Hattiesburg and Jackson urban areas, including pavement conditions, bridge conditions, congestion levels and traffic fatalities.

Rocky Moretti, TRIP’s director of research and policy, will present the findings of the report at the news conference. Local speakers will also be on hand to comment on the report.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Mississippi State Capitol - Second Floor Rotunda
400 High Street
Jackson, MS
WHO: Blake Wilson, President & CEO
Mississippi Economic Council (MEC)
  Joe Sanderson, Jr.
CEO, Sanderson Farms
Chair, MEC Blueprint Mississippi Transportation Infrastructure Task Force

  Scott Walle, Executive Vice President & COO
Mississippi Economic Council

  Rocky Moretti, Director of Research and Policy
TRIP

CONTACT:

Rocky Moretti
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly
(TRIP)

202.262.0714 (cell)
703.801.9212 (cell)