State of Our Roads & Bridges

5,326 miles of Mississippi’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Jackson to Forks, Washington and back — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Mississippi motorist $464 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

2,184 bridges in Mississippi are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 1.2 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 40 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Mississippi. Over 2,200 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Mississippi spent $620 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.