Tenn-Tom Waterway to modify 9 barges

FULTON — The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority will use a $1.76 million grant to modify nine barges to increase container barge traffic between the Port of Itawamba in Mississippi and the Port of Mobile, Ala.

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran says the U.S. Maritime Administration is providing the grant money.

Cochran says the Maritime Administration wants to increase the use of the Tenn-Tom Waterway to transport goods and relieve pressure on our highways.

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Freight Project, as part of Marine Corridor 65, promotes new container-on-barge service to function as a new route between manufacturing centers near Port of Itawamba container terminals on the Gulf Coast.

The Associated Press