Air, land and water facilities receive $10.6 million in upgrades

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Mississippi Department of Transportation

Madison County Citizens Service Agency bus

Upgrades to regional airports, ports, public transit systems and railroads throughout the state — costing more than $7 million — recently were approved by the Mississippi Transportation Commission.

The grants come from the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Improvement Fund. Money from this fund is allocated specifically to support multimodal grants each year.

“MDOT’s responsibilities include maintaining and improving the state’s highways and interstates, but also focuses on providing a safe intermodal transportation network for airports, ports and waterways, railroads and public transit,” Central District Mississippi Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said. “Each of these modes of transportation play a vital role in transporting people, goods and services that promote economic growth and development throughout Mississippi.”

Grants approved for regional airports

• $358,019 to the Cleveland Municipal Airport to install new aircraft fuel tanks.

• $413,125 to rehabilitating the potable water system at the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport.

• $156,572 to construct a T-hangar taxiway at the John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond.

• $137,000 to restore the terminal building parking area at the Meridian Regional Airport.

• $173,903 to improve the aircraft fueling area at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport.

• $51,208 to assist the Columbia-Marion County Airport buy land to expand airport facilities.

• $406,840 to build an 8-unit T-Hangar at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

• $200,000 to complete hangar renovations at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.

• $252,561 to rehabilitate the runway and connecting taxiways at the Stennis International Airport in Kiln.

•  $229,630 to rehabilitate the maintenance hangar at the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport. 

• $230,901 to improve the fuel facility at the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport.

• $76,938 to install an inter-operable communication system for the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus.

• $104,452 to construct a new aircraft fuel farm at the Houston Municipal Airport.

• $35,892 to rehabilitate the aircraft fueling system at the Monroe County Airport in Aberdeen.

• $79,763 to finalize construction of a new fuel farm at the New Albany-Union County Airport.

• $17,239 to rehabilitate the runway at the Okolona Municipal Airport.

• $33,192 to construct an 8-unit T-hangar at the Pontotoc County Airport.

• $348,990 to construct a 10-unit T-hangar at the Tunica Municipal Airport.

• $216,125 to upgrade fuel systems, including installation of a new 25,000-gallon fuel tank, at the University-Oxford Airport.

Mississippi Department of Transportation

Aerial view of the port of Greenville

Grants approved for ports

• $396,018 for reconstructing the port connector road at the Port of Greenville.

• $178,312 to resurface the terminal road shoulders and truck staging areas at the Port of Rosedale.

• $908,968 to rehabilitate the warehouse at the Port of Vicksburg.

• $839,520 to replace the Natchez-Adams County Port’s south dock crane.

• $469,827 to construct a new roadway to support the development of 43 acres of unused port property at Port Bienville in Bay St. Louis.

• $450,000 to grade and pave 10 acres of port property to support a new industry at the Port of Pascagoula.

• $388,684 to purchase a working deck barge and excavator to support recurring dredging requirements of the Lowndes County Port.

•  $130,680 to upgrade the Port of Itawamba’s conveyor and winch system.

• $691,310 to purchase equipment for the Northeast Mississippi Waterfront Industrial Park at Yellow Creek Port in Iuka.

Mississippi Department of Transportation

Natchez Transit System

Grants approved for public transit systems

• $480,000 to the City of Jackson for operating costs.

• $25,287 to the Claiborne County Human Resource Agency in Port Gibson for matching funds to purchase a van and vehicle insurance.

• $17,280 to the Copiah County Human Resource Agency in Hazlehurst for vehicle insurance.

• $23,695 to the Madison County Citizens Service Agency in Canton for matching funds purchasing a bus and vehicle insurance.

• $23,522 to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to purchase a bus and vehicle insurance.

• $31,287 to N-Route Transit in Vicksburg to purchase a van and vehicle insurance.

• $15,405 to the South Central Community Action Agency in Jackson to purchase a bus and vehicle insurance.

• $480,000 for operating costs at the Coast Transit Authority in Gulfport.

• $105,415 for five vehicles and vehicle insurances for Community Development, Inc. in Richton.

• $23,287 for one van and vehicle insurance at DJ Transit in Laurel.

• $11,172 for one van and vehicle insurance at Five County Child Development in Prentiss.

• $23,000 for one bus for Hub City Transit in Hattiesburg.

• $42,917 for one bus and vehicle insurance for Natchez Transit.

• 60,405 for the Aaron Henry Health Center in Clarksdale to purchase a bus and vehicle insurance.

• 21, 109 for Climb-Up, Inc. in Tupelo to purchase one bus and vehicle insurance.

• $38,540 for Northeast Mississippi Community Services in Booneville to purchase vehicle insurance.

• $29,017 to Oxford-University Transit to purchase vehicle insurance.

• $12,509 to Starkville-Mississippi State University Area Rapid Transit to purchase a bus and vehicle insurance.

• $24,806 for the United Community Action Committee in Ashland to purchase one bus and vehicle insurance.

Grants approved for railroads

• $311,850 to construct a 1,270-foot rail spur in the Port Bienville Industrial park in Bay St. Louis.

• $319,902 to upgrade the rail from 85 pounds to 115 pounds from milepost 102.5 to milepost 103 on the Mississippi Delta Railroad in Clarksdale.

• $272,250 to replace railroad bridge deck crossties over State Route 30 and mainline crosstie replacement from milepost 539.9 to 542.6, including ballast and crossties.


This article has been updated to include a list of projects in the Department of Transportation’s Northern District, which was released to the public a day after this story was initially published.