$20 Million grant for railroad improvements

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi will benefit from the Federal Stimulus package. Governor Haley Barbour announced Wednesday that Mississippi has received a $20 Million grant that will help fund railroad improvements from the Port of Gulfport to Hattiesburg.

The Department of Transportation awarded the grant. It will partially fund improvements along the 76 mile stretch of track. The project will increase the amount of traffic the rails can accommodate.

Port Director Don Allee said it will help the port stay competitive.

"This feature will allow us to offer class one rail service all the way to Hattiesburg, and that does make us more competitive. Especially when the quality of the track will be as good as it will be," Allee said. "It will take us about two years to get this done. We think it will make us more competitive."

The announcement of this grant comes on the first anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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