Mississippi DOT awards four grants for railroad projects

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.

“These grants will help make needed improvements that will continue to support local economic growth and development.”

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.