PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - There's good news for folks in Jackson County who have complained about waiting for trains to pass and about railroad dangers. A $14 million federal grant for is expected to alleviate those train woes by relocating the tracks.
Ann Waller lives in Moss Point and said she always gets stuck at a railroad crossing.
"It seems like every time I am running late, anywhere I am going, I get stopped by a train. Sometimes one, two, three four times," Waller said.
The project will eliminate 16 railroad crossings on road throughout Moss Point and Pascagoula.
"All of the crossings between Oak Avenue in Moss Point and Pascagoula Street in Pascagoula," Port Director Mark McAndrews said.
"If you have been caught in Pascagoula switching cars it you would think this would be the great thing," Supervisor Mike Mangum said.
Though officials don't know when the changes will take place, they do know where the rail line will go.
"It will move from up the street in middle of Downtown Pascagoula to east of Highway 63 and south of Highway 90 by the Bayou Casotte," McAndrews said of the rail relocation.
County leaders see economic benefits to this move.
"It will also allow the transporting of wood chips coming out of George County going to Port of Pascagoula. The port will be transporting it to other countries to be used as a fuel source. So this is a total of about a $40 million project," said Supervisor Melton Harris.
Drivers said the major advantage to them is safety and they couldn't be happier about it.
"I think the potential for fewer accidents is great. People tend to go around the crossing arms, and that just opens them for damage, possible injury and death. Just the other day there was someone hit by a train," Waller said.