The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) in the US has granted approval to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to award four grants to fund maintenance and improvement projects on the state’s railroads.
The MDOT is providing $394,319 to Mississippi Railway to upgrade the rail to a weight capacity of 286,000lb, including rail and bridge upgrades in Fulton.
In Belmont, the Mississippi-Alabama Railroad Authority is receiving $297,000 to replace 1,100 cross ties, switch tie rehab for three switches, ballast replacement and track surfacing.
MTC transportation commissioners Dick Hall, Tom King and Mike Tagert said in a joint statement: "The railway system has long been an efficient and cost-effective way of moving local goods from Mississippi to other parts of the county.
"Mississippi’s railroads are a vital part of our state’s transportation infrastructure, and these grants will help make needed improvements that will continue to support local economic growth and development."
In Bay St Louis, a grant of $364,031 was provided to Port Bienville for the construction of approximately 580ft of new track in the Port Bienville Industrial Park.
A $389,275 grant was offered to Mississippi Delta Railroad to upgrade rail from 85lb to 115lb from mile post 102.2 to mile post 101.
Responsibilities of MDOT include maintaining and improving the state’s highways and interstates, as well as focus on providing a safe intermodal transportation network for airports, ports and waterways, railroads and public transit systems.
Each of these modes of transportation plays a vital role in transporting people, goods and services that promote economic growth and development throughout Mississippi.