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Mississippi Humanities Council hosts panel to discuss state and city infrastructure crisis

The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT
The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Mississippi Humanities Council hosted a panel discussion to address concerns from citizens regarding potholes, bridge closures and the role of state government.

The timing coincides with last week's deadly accident involving a Jackson Academy student -- a direct result of the city's crumbling infrastructure.

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Although the topic of the discussion was chosen prior to last week's deadly accident, there was some concern over the timing of the meeting but it was decided that it was something that should be done. 

The panelists answered questions that ranged from budgeting and financing to the roles that the city, state and counties play in infrastructure maintenance. 

Adam Ganucheau, with Mississippi Today, has covered the state's infrastructure problems for years. He says maintaining bridges across the state is imperative.

"Bridges aren't just bridges, they connect emergency personnel, they connect our cities, you know, families to schools," he says.

According to Michael Flood with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, funding is the problem.

"We are building new roads and we're doing some expansion but mainly we're trying to maintain what we have," he says.

Kenneth Townsend is a Political Science professor at Millsaps College. He says the college has conducted three polls asking citizens what issues were most important to them. 

"The number one biggest concern, by a pretty substantial margin in each of these three polls that we have done, was infrastructure, roads and bridges," Townsend says. 

With elections coming up, all three panelists says that infrastructure is going to be the key issue.

"Infrastructure will be the number one issue on voters minds," Ganucheau says.

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