Port Bienville completes rail expansion

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Leaders at Port Bienville Industrial Park are positioning the Hancock County facility to become more competitive in the global marketplace.

A just completed railroad expansion project gives the port about 15 miles of tracks in and around the facility. Eight of the 20-plus businesses and industries located in the park depend on rail cars to import raw materials and export finished products.

The port's master plan also calls for creating a materials transfer station on the waterfront, a place where materials can be loaded and stored.

"Which will allow some transfers from water to rubber tire trucks or from water to direct rail cars," said Jack Zink with the Hancock County Development Commission. "A lot of times you may have a piece of equipment or materials that will come in from one mode of transportation that you need to get onto another mode to have it delivered directly to one of our tenants."

The first phase of that project will cost about $500,000. The rail expansion costs a little more than $2 million, and was funded by federal stimulus dollars.

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