Ribbon cutting for new Restore Dock at Port Bienville in Bay St. Louis

Governor Tate Reeves cut the ribbon on the new Restore Dock at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Bay St. Louis.

A moment of celebration after years of planning and work on the new Restore Dock at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Bay St. Louis. Hancock County Engineer Geoffrey Clemens said, “It’s the one day everybody can kind of pat each other on the back and tell each other what a good job they did and it brings everything full circle.”

Clemens tell News 25 although this $8.8 million project faced challenges during the COVID pandemic, they kept it on schedule. “The site was just raw land and a raw bank along the Canal here that had no improvements.”

What you’re looking at now is more opportunities for industry. The port includes two short line railroad track extensions, a 600-foot bulkhead with a 40-foot apron, which can accommodate three barges and a 250-foot crushed stone laydown yard for operations and shortage.

The Restore Dock at Port Bienville Industrial Park makes way for many different industries from water to railroad and heavy machinery like trucks and construction vehicles.

Funding was provided by $7.4 million from a 2017 Restore Act Grant, $510,000 in funding from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s GOMESA program and Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission contributed the remaining $870,000. Governor Tate Reeves said, “We’ve invested in our workforce, we’re investing in our sites and really, we have a recipe for success.”

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