Reeves: Port Expansion, Flowers Interchange included in $1.3 billion transportation project funding
Published 11:05 am Thursday, February 16, 2023
Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series featuring quotes from Gov. Tate Reeves’ Feb. 7 interview with The Vicksburg Post, during which Reeves discussed infrastructure, education and reelection in the state of Mississippi.
Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday his plan to drive further economic development and growth in Mississippi.
The plan includes proposed infrastructure investments throughout the state coupled with site development efforts to entice more high-paying jobs from businesses that may locate in Mississippi. Warren County, Reeves said in a Feb. 7 interview, will receive a substantial amount.
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“One of the largest investments that we are going to make from the state is going to be in that port expansion project in Warren County,” Reeves said. “I think that we have a great opportunity to see a major investment there, hopefully in the very near future.
“The site itself has access to rail, it has access to power, it has access to the Mississippi River, and there just aren’t very many sites like that. Not only in Mississippi; there aren’t very many sites like that in the United States of America,” he added. “And so I am again extremely bullish about the prospects and that’s why we’re going to make an additional investment which is one of the largest ones that will make in the entire state and then it will announce the details over the next couple of weeks.”
The proposed infrastructure investments represent approximately $1.3 billion in transportation capacity project funding. These projects are ready to begin construction upon receiving the necessary funds. Included in the $1.3 billion is an additional investment of $100 million into the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Program, which all 300 municipalities and 82 counties across Mississippi are eligible to apply for.
The plan also includes $57 million in grants to develop project-ready sites across Mississippi. These sites are critical to attracting large businesses to the state. Once finished, these sites will allow companies to relocate to Mississippi immediately. These site-development grants have been approved and will begin work immediately.
Warren County sites are:
• Flowers Interchange: $10,300,000 for interchange improvement
• Vicksburg River Megasite and Port Complex: Warren County: $4,948,086 for wetlands mitigation
The full list of infrastructure proposals and selected site development projects can be found below.
A map showing the investments can be found here.
Governor Reeves’ Proposed Transportation Infrastructure Projects
Northern Commission District
• Tippah County- $150,086,966 for new alignment of MS 15 from Union County Line to 1 mile north of MS 4 at Ripley
• Tippah County- $45,000,000 for new alignment of SR 2 from existing SR 15 to SR 15 Bypass
• Lafayette County- $150,000,000 for new alignment of MS 7 from MS 9 to .2 mile north of SR 6
• DeSoto County- $124,794,895 for widening of I-55 from Church Road to MS 302
• Total Funding Requested (Northern Commission District): $469,881,861
Central Commission District
• Neshoba County- $65,000,000 for widening of SR 19 from MS 492 to Tucker
• Warren County- $10,300,000 for interchange improvement of Flowers Interchange
• Yazoo County- $49,419,865 for pavement of US 49 to Bentonia to Yazoo City
• Leflore County- $20,250,000 for the pavement of US 82, .24 miles West of SR 7 (Itta Bena) to .34 miles West of US 49E
• Madison County- $65,000,000 for widening of I-55 from SR 463 to Gluckstadt
• Lauderdale County- $10,000,000 for widening of US 80, Jimmy Rodgers Parkway to Russell
• Rankin County- $55,000,000 for widening of SR 25 from Grant’s Ferry to SR 471 (including interchange improvements at 471)
• Total Funding Requested (Central Commission District): $274,969,865
Southern Commission District
• Harrison County- $43,014,474 for pavement rehab and widening of US 49 O’Neal Road to School Road
• Covington County- $20,000,000 for pavement restoration of US 84 East of Collins
• Jackson County- $60,000,000 for widening of US 90 from SR 609 to Dolphin Drive
• Lincoln County- $30,000,000 for US 84 rubblization of concrete section from US 51 to SR 184
• Walthall County- $6,000,000 for reconstruction of SR 48 at Davo Creek
• Franklin County- $25,000,000 for reconstruction and slide repair of US 84 near Roxie
• Forrest County- $64,530,000 for I-59 interchange improvements at I-59 and US 11- Phase 1
• Forrest County- $111,900,000 for I-59 interchange improvements at I-59 and US 98- Phase 2
• Total Funding Requested (Southern Commission District): $360,444,474
Proposed Funding for Existing Projects
• Union County- $17,585,773 for widening, grading, bridging, and paving of SR 15 from the Pontotoc County Line to Kings Creek south of New Albany
• Washington County- $35,860,000 for paving US 82 Greenville Bypass from MS River Bridge to SR 1
• Pike County- $7,800,000 for rubblization of concrete section from US 98/SR 24 to Summit and interchange improvements
• Hancock/Harrison Counties- $24,000,000 for widening of I-10 from Diamondhead to Wolf River
The proposed $85,245,773 for these existing projects will free up funds, providing MDOT with further flexibility to fund additional infrastructure projects.
Total ALL DISTRICTS (Not Funded): $1,105,296,201
Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Proposed Funds: $100,000,000
Total Requested: $1,290,541,974
Governor Reeves also announced almost $57 million in new funding toward developing project-ready sites across the state. Site development grant funding was made available through the Mississippi Development Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission.
Site Development Projects Selected by Governor Reeves
• EagleOne – Forrest and Lamar Counties: $9,091,513 to clear the site and build an all-weather road
• Vicksburg River Megasite and Port Complex – Warren County: $4,948,086 for wetlands mitigation
• Martintown North – Union County: $1,230,018 for land purchase, tree removal, design work and due diligence
• RailHub South – Alcorn County: $3,307,300 to study electric capacity at the site, improve ingress and egress and clear acreage
• Megasite at Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park – Marshall County: $2,048,813 to improve wastewater capacity
• Oxford-Lafayette County Industrial Park – Lafayette County: $3,274,000 for clearing, improving road infrastructure and grading
• Jackson County Aviation Technology Park – Jackson County: $3,265,552 for clearing and upgrades to the water service
• Coldwater Site – Tate County: $100,000 for due diligence
• Madison County Megasite – Madison County: $5,083,360 for access road extension with another entrance
• Pearl River County Industrial Park – Pearl River County: $2,250,000 for access road improvements, clearing and grading
• George County Industrial Park: $215,200 for clearing, grading, access road improvements, make rail access plans and plans for water and wastewater
• Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce: $250,000 for clearing, excavating, and drainage improvements at Charles W. Dean Industrial Park
• Economic Development Authority of Jones County: $250,000 for updated environmental due diligence, extending of existing roadways and constructing a temporary railroad crossing at the I-59 South Industrial Site
• Harrison County Development Commission: $150,000 for environmental due diligence at the GST Site
• Hinds County Economic Development Authority: $119,250 for environmental due diligence and site clearing of trees and brush at Wyndale Industrial Center
• Marion County Economic Development District: $250,000 for environmental due diligence and access road improvements at the Marion Regional AirPlex and IndustryPlex
• Industrial Development Authority of Neshoba County: $250,000 for road improvements at the Neshoba County Industrial Park
• Pike County Economic Development District: $250,000 for tree removal, signage, clearing and grubbing, along with creating a building pad, at Gateway Industrial Park
• Rankin First Economic Development Authority: $250,000 for clearing and grading at East Metro Center Rail Site at the EMC Industrial Park
• Claiborne County Port Commission: $17,500 for completing environmental due diligence at Claiborne County Port
• Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce: $34,000 for completing environmental due diligence at Cleveland Municipal Airport
• City of Fulton: $27,048 for flow assessments on the natural gas system for the Port Itawamba Harbor site
• Greene County: $50,000 for environmental due diligence for 20 acres in Greene County Industrial Park
• Pearl River County Board of Supervisors: $50,000 for completing environmental due diligence and clearing of 10 acres at Pearl River County Technology Park
• Wayne County Board of Supervisors: $25,000 for environmental due diligence at Meadowlands Industrial Park
• Yalobusha County Economic Development District: $16,190 to complete environmental due diligence at Gardiner Industrial Park
Port Improvements ($9,803,700):
• Port of Aberdeen: $803,700 for site improvements, rehabilitation and new truck scale house
• Port Bienville: $2 million to build a new warehouse
• Yellow Creek Port: $1 million to construct a dry storage and equipment building
• Amory Port North: $2 million to build a berth wall to improve loading and unloading
• Port of Pascagoula River Harbor: $4 million to build rail cargo foundation with storage and staging
ARC Funding ($9,317,880): Martintown North, RailHub South, and the Megasite at Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park have been approved by Governor Reeves for ARC funding totaling $9,317,880 and are invited to submit full applications to ARC for ARC Southern Appalachian Automotive Worker Funding.