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Mississippi awarded $23M in federal funds for transportation projects statewide

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Mississippi is set to be the recipient of more than $23 million in federal funding for transportation projects statewide.

The money for the projects comes as a result of the recent passage of the FY2024 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill. Improvements to ports, airports, roads, and bridges across the state are funded through the legislation.

“Mississippi is fortunate to have a congressional delegation that understands the importance of advocating for our state’s infrastructure needs at the national level and is willing to push for funding to make transportation projects a reality,” Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Brad White said.

“We are particularly grateful to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who played a key role in writing this bill as the ranking Republican on the Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee.”

Statewide projects that are funded through the T-HUD appropriation include:

  • $8.17 million for the Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission Multimodal Expansion
  • $3 million for the Harrison County Development Commission to construct a Seaway Rail Truck site
  • $3.1 million for MS 2 Connector in Tippah County to be extended to provide better connectivity
  • $2.5 million for Noxubee County Deerbrook Road and bridge improvements
  • $2 million for Delta State University Statesmen Park Boulevard improvements
  • $1.8 million for the City of Cleveland airport improvements
  • $1.5 million for Monroe County airport runway extension
  • $1.0 million for Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Campus Drive improvements

“The hard work we put into this T-HUD appropriations measure will benefit Mississippi and the nation.  It is fiscally responsible, trimming the fat where necessary while bolstering priorities that are more deserving of taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Nationally, the measure funds grant programs used by Mississippi cities and counties, including RAISE grants, Essential Air Service grants, Airport Improvement Program grants, and Community Development Block grants.

Through the Federal Highway Administration, the bill also provides $250 million for a new bridge bundling program targeted at rural states, for which Mississippi is eligible.

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