WJTV-TV Jackson

Mississippi receives $15.4M for infrastructure projects

By Biancca Ball

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) announced $15.4 million was awarded to Mississippi for infrastructure projects in Yazoo City, Tupelo, and Ripley. The three grants are specifically designed for local projects.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) grant program.

“These grants will help several important projects move forward across our state,” Wicker said. “Yazoo City will soon see a major investment in revitalizing their downtown, and both Tupelo and Ripley have secured support to begin planning to reduce congestion and improve quality of life in their communities. I look forward to working with the rest of our delegation to help more Mississippi communities secure support for infrastructure improvements like these.”

The three RAISE grants for Mississippi include:

  • Yazoo City Main Street Revitalization Project (Yazoo City): $12,641,440 for the construction of a train station, development of a stormwater park, and street-level redevelopment that would include bike lanes, broadband, and stormwater management.
  • Tupelo RAIL Improvements Program (Tupelo): $1,452,290 for engineering and planning work to construct a highway overpass at Eason Boulevard and Kansas City Southern Crossing; work to change the location of the switching operation away from the intersection at Main Street and Gloster Street; develop quiet zones; and install new safety features.
  • Tanglefoot Trail Extension (Ripley): $1,400,000 for planning operations in regard to a potential 20-mile expansion of the Tanglefoot rail from New Albany to Ripley.