Millions Allocated for Bridge Across Highway 90 in Gulfport

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And Mississippi lawmakers have seen to it that they’ve helped bridge the gap to secure funding for a bridge in downtown Gulfport.

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with U.S. House Representative Steven Palazzo, have made a joint announcement this week – bringing good news to South Mississippi and those who travel in Gulfport.

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More than $5 million has been allocated to the Coast Transit Authority to fund the final phase of construction for a bridge over Highway 90 and Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. The $5.35 million grant will be used towards a project that will connect Gulfport’s transit center, the Mississippi Aquarium and Jones Park with an electric tram, pedestrian walkway and bicycle path.

Once constructed, the multi-modal bridge will allow CTA to operate rubber-tire, open-air trams across Highway 90, connecting the Gulfport Transit Center and the CTA transit stop in Jones park. The bridge will link parking areas at the CTA Transit Center to Jones Park during special community events and activities. The grant is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the Buses and Bus Facilities program.

In a related award, the Mississippi Department of Transportation with receive a $5.68 million grant to support transportation improvements across the state.

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