$5.3 million marked for regional projects

WASHINGTON – Sen. Thad Cochran’s office released a list of projects, including seven in Northeast Mississippi, due to be funded if H.R. 3288 is passed by the full Senate as expected.
The resolution, known as the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Cochran is the ranking Republican member.
“This bill serves states and communities by assisting their efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and implement development projects,” Cochran said. “My focus has been on supporting those projects that enhance commerce, travel, safety and the livability of our cities and towns.”
Of $26.4 million earmarked for Mississippi projects, Northeast Mississippi will see $5.3 million for seven projects.
– Tupelo Thoroughfare Northern Loop, Tupelo – $1.5 million toward a road and bridge to serve as a connector for two major highways.
– Defense Access Road, West Point – $1 million to improve access to a defense manufacturing facility.
– Old Taylor Road Roundabouts, Oxford – $500,000 to construct roundabouts.
– Oktibbeha County Southern Bypass, Oktibbeha County – $500,000 toward a bypass connecting the Lowndes Artesia Road Bypass to Oktibbeha County’s Artesia Road.
– Calhoun County Courthouse, Calhoun County – $900,000 toward renovation of this functioning historic facility in Pittsboro.
n Burns Belfry Community Heritage Center, Oxford – $400,000 toward renovation of the historic church structure as a community heritage center.
n Civic Capacity Development Initiative, Mississippi State University – $500,000 toward community planning and economic development services for low and moderate-income citizens.

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