By CHRIS WILSON
The Mississippian Railway, a shortline railroad that operates between Amory and Fulton, has received a state grant of $275,000 to upgrade its infrastructure.
According to Rep. Bill Miles of Fulton, Chairman of the Transportation Committee of the Mississippi House of Representatives, the fiscal year 2005 report to the Joint Legislative Multi-Modal Fund Committee included an announcement that the Mississippi Railway was approved for the grant that will be used for track rehabilitation, rail upgrade and tie replacement.
The grant was part of $600,000 given to rails from the Multimodal Funds Special Fund. The funds are administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation for improvements of airports, ports, railroads and transit systems in the state.
Miles said the MDOT included $5 million in its FY2005 budget to fund the program for the first time.
“I am delighted that these monies have been made available for transportation needs including ports, airports, transit systems and rails,” Miles said. “Almost one half of the designated amount went to our local shortline railroad.”
The Mississippian Railway is a historic shortline facility which connects to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad at Amory and serves Fulton and the industrial port area along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
In addition, Miles pointed out that the City of Amory received $200,000 to repair the dock wall at the Port of Amory. The city has leased the port to Global Materials System which has contracted with Kerr-McGee Chemical in Hamilton to load and unload raw materials for the facility. GMS has plans to market its port operation in Amory to other users in the future.