Mississippi Transportation Commission approves state rail grants

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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Mississippi Department of Transportation

The Mississippi Transportation Commission (MTC) has given its approval for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to award $1.44 million in grants to several railroads across the state for maintenance and improvement projects.


“The railway system has long been an efficient and cost effective way of moving local goods from Mississippi to other parts of the county,” said Transportation Commissioners Dick Hall, Tom King and Mike Tagert in a joint statement by the MTC. “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.”

A $364,031 grant will be given to Port Beinville in Bay St. Louis for the construction of approximately 580 feet of new track in the Port Bienville Industrial Park; Mississippi-Alabama Railroad Authority in Belmont will receive $297,000 to replace 1,100 crossties, switch tie rehab for three switches, ballast replacement and track surfacing; $394,319 will be given to Mississippi Railway, Inc., in Fulton to upgrade rail to a weight capacity of 286,000 pounds, including rail and bridge upgrades and Mississippi Delta Railroad in Clarksdale will receive a $389,275 grant to upgrade rail from 85 to 115 pounds from mile post 102.2 to mile post 101.


Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, ON Track Maintenance, Shortline/Regional