Wicker and Hyde-Smith Welcome $15.4 Million Infrastructure Funding for Mississippi | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

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Grants were given to Yazoo City, Tupelo and Ripley for the train station, highway and nature trail.

On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) welcomed the awarding of $15.4 million for infrastructure projects in Yazoo City, Tupelo and Ripley.

All three grants were specifically designed for local projects and awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant program.

The three RAISE grants for Mississippi include:

  • Yazoo City Main Street Revitalization Project (Yazoo City): $12,641,440 for the construction of a train station, development of a stormwater park, and street-level redevelopment that would include bike lanes, broadband, and stormwater management.
  • Tupelo RAIL Improvements Program (Tupelo): $1,452,290 for engineering and planning work for the construction of a highway overpass at Eason Boulevard and Kansas City Southern Crossing; work to change the location of the switch operation away from the intersection of Main Street and Gloster Street; develop quiet areas; and installing new security devices.
  • Tanglefoot Trail Extension (Ripley): $1,400,000 for planning operations regarding a potential 20-mile expansion of the Tanglefoot Rail from New Albany to Ripley.

Senator Wicker said these grants will help several important projects move forward in Mississippi.

“Yazoo City will soon see a major investment in revitalizing its downtown core, and Tupelo and Ripley have secured support to begin planning to reduce congestion and improve the quality of life in their communities,” said Wicker. “I look forward to working with the rest of our delegation to help more Mississippi communities gain support for infrastructure improvements like these.”

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said each of the proposals put forward by these cities holds great potential to improve the quality of life for their residents, through better public safety, better infrastructure and more economic opportunity.

“I especially hope that the significant award to Yazoo City will result in a new vibrancy for the city, and I look forward to making progress on the Tupelo Rail and Tanglefoot Trail expansion projects,” Hyde-Smith continued. .

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