Jackson and surrounding cities now have access to millions of dollars of federal cash for much-needed infrastructure projects. Now it’s up to the cities to get to work.

The Jackson Metropolitan Planning Organization on Wednesday approved a total $32.7 million in funding for metro-area transportation projects aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety.

The project area includes Jackson, Ridgeland, Brandon, Pearl, Clinton, Flora, Florence and Rankin and Madison counties.

Some projects require a 20 percent match from municipalities. Those involving public safety, such as traffic signal upgrades, are fully funded.

The funding was made available as part of a bill passed by Congress in 2015, called Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST. The Central Mississippi Planning and Development District made the announcement Wednesday.

“This is the largest sum of money we have seen in a long time,” CMPDD CEO Mike Monk said.

“Hopefully, Congress will give us more.”

Just over $13.5 million has been made available for Jackson. Some projects being considered are bridge replacements on Mill Street and Terry Road and road millage and  overlay work on Meadowbrook and Terry roads, Northbrook Drive and State Street. There are also several traffic signal upgrade projects proposed.