Port of Pascagoula awarded restoration funds for north rail connector project

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The Port of Pascagoula announced today it has been awarded $6.6 million in Gulf Coast Restoration Funds.

Funding comes as a result of Senate Bill 2977 becoming law today and will go towards the Jackson County Port Authority’s north rail connector project.

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The connector project is the new construction of rail to connect the railroad bridge over the Escatawpa River to the recently relocated Mississippi Export Rail Line, which is now complete.

This enables full operation of a rail relocation plan, which includes the closing of 16 crossings and alleviation of switching in Downtown Pascagoula, something that may help reduce traffic congestion in that area.