Port receives facelift
by Paisley Boston
Mar 16, 2014 | 4905 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The United States Army Corps of Engineers and Mississippi Department of Transportation has awarded the Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission $1.2 million for road improvements and maintenance.

The port was awarded over $10,000 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and $1.19 million from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The Corps of Engineers added funding for Mississippi projects that received specified funding in the omnibus.

The omnibus appropriations bill provided $28 million to the Corps of Engineers to use at its discretion to advance “ongoing work” on projects, including dredging, flood control and other authorized projects.

Mississippi River tributaries were underfunded in the President’s 2014 budget, Congress determined that additional resources would be needed to support flood control, navigation, water supply, ground water protection, waterfowl management, bank stabilization, erosion and sedimentation control, and environmental restoration projects.

The added funding was approved by Congress in January as part of the 2014 omnibus appropriations bill and will go toward much needed dredging projects at the harbors at Rosedale, Greenville, Vicksburg, Gulfport and Pascagoula. 

It will also assist with the maintenance of flood control projects like Arkabutla Lake, which provides critical flood protection for the Mississippi Delta while enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism. 

Port Director Robert Maxwell said he is pleased that the Port Commission has received the funds.

"We have the full support of our local Senators and Representatives. We are getting ready to experience a high volume of traffic and we are trying to have the project completed before farmers begin to haul grain," said president of the Port Commission Jimmy Yeager.

Yeager said one of the main improvements is to widen David Work Drive, which is located at the Port of Rosedale.

"We will also add a 100 foot wide parking lane along the west side of the road. This will be used for trucks that are awaiting entrance into individual facilities. Future improvements to the road will include a similar widening of the road that will result in two "truck only" lanes on the west half of the road," said Yeager.

"In the future, we also plan to install roadside lighting and improved signage," he added.

The project is a result of the exponential growth of business at the port, tremendous increase in the number of grain trucks delivering goods and the constant flow of fertilizer leaving the port for distribution to local and regional farms and suppliers.

"The number of trucks will increase after the completion of the new Louis-Dreyfus Commodities location. This project is currently under construction," Yeager added.

The work is to be performed by the American Field Services Corporation.

The Port Commission would like for citizens using the terminal road to be patient and use extreme caution during construction.

"Once it is completed, you will have a safe and better roadway," he continued.