SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — A total of $17.8 million in federal transportation funding has been awarded for a collaborative initiative to support job growth by improving roadways in three Southwest Mississippi counties.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $17.8-million TIGER VI grant application submitted by Claiborne County, along with Franklin and Jefferson counties and Alcorn State University. The funding will support the collaborative Three-County Roadway Improvements Program (TRI-Mississippi) to undertake critical roadway repairs to improve transportation reliability and safety in this rural area.
Earlier this year, Cochran and Wicker issued letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the TRI-Mississippi grant application.
“This grant is an investment in these rural counties and the county collector road system on which its economic vitality is based,” Cochran said. “The demand for transportation infrastructure funding is intense and credit goes to this Mississippi collaboration for demonstrating to the U.S. Department of Transportation that it has a workable plan to benefit public safety and economic growth.”
The TIGER VI funding will improve substandard roads and aging, deteriorating bridges within the region. The work will improve access to regional employment centers, including Alcorn State University. It will also involve the rehabilitation of nuclear evacuation routes from the Grand Gulf Nuclear Generating Station.