JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New funds from the Mississippi Lottery are helping to lower a backlog in the state’s road maintenance projects and have aided in the repaving of more than 250 miles of highway across the state.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says the roughly $80 million in lottery funds helped the Mississippi Transportation Commission put a priority on pavement restoration, focusing on upgrades to aging infrastructures.

WLBT-TV reports as of December, 281 miles have been or will be repaved.