Wicker announces $35 million in federal funding for critical freight corridor

Published 2:19 pm Monday, December 11, 2023

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., announced a grant for a 10-mile critical freight corridor between Bentonia and Yazoo City made possible by a $35 million federal investment.

The funding stems from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Wicker helped negotiate. The effort will rehabilitate a portion of the existing four-lane rural freight corridor on US 49, which will improve regional transportation and promote commercial activity.

“Infrastructure investments for rural areas are a top priority. Mississippians need access to safe, reliable transportation and an equal opportunity to draw more economic development. This grant funding is an investment in Yazoo County’s future,” Wicker said.

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The grant, which will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part of the Rural Surface Transportation Grant Program.

The program is part of the Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Wicker was a key negotiator of this legislation as the lead Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.