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Transportation projects receive TEP funding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials, federal Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) funds have been authorized by MDOT executive director, Larry L. “Butch” Brown to be allocated to transportation projects in five cities.

The City of Hattiesburg is to receive $460,000 for landscaping improvements along U.S. 49, 4th Street and Hardy Street at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM).

The City of Tupelo is to receive $2.3 million, which will be used for the construction of a bike/pedestrian trail on Main Street in Tupelo to the Elvis Presley Birthplace as part of the revitalization of the streetscape and roadway.

Funds totaling $530,000 have also been authorized for the development of a pedestrian path called the Cultural Heritage Trail in Clarksdale.

The City of Pearl is to receive $275,000 has been authorized for landscaping and irrigation improvements along the U.S. 80 corridor.

Funds in the amount of $300,000.00 have also been authorized for the development of a bike/pedestrian trail along Flowood Drive, Old Fannin Road and Wirtz Road in Flowood. The funding increase brings the total amount allocated to approximately $1 million.

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