The Mississippi Transportation Commission recently announced $7 million in federal Transportation Alternatives (TA) projects for the Northern Transportation District.
TA funds are federal transportation dollars that are for non-roadway types of improvements such as sidewalks, multi-use paths, pedestrian lighting and traffic calming. The funds flow through the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Local Public Agency (LPA).
LPA programs leverage local investments with federal funds for infrastructure improvements to enhance the quality of life for residents throughout Mississippi.
“These local projects support our overall transportation infrastructure with multi-use paths that are also ADA compliant. Without these federal funds, these projects are not viable,” said Commissioner John Caldwell of Nesbit, Northern Transportation District.
MDOT serves as a conduit for local governments to access federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funds. MDOT provides project guidance and oversight, but does not receive any portion of the funding.
“Our local, state and federal partnerships are important for keeping our communities vibrant and moving forward,” Caldwell said. “Each piece of the puzzle makes a difference, and we are grateful for our U.S. senators and representatives who keep these funding sources alive.”
Projects in north Mississippi are:
Itawamba Community College $1,100,000.00
– Sidewalk and lighting from Robbins Street to Downtown Fulton; and sidewalk and lighting from Stadium Drive to Tenn-Tom Multi-use Track
City of Oxford $1,100,000.00
– Thacker Heights Drive – Sidewalk, crosswalks, curb and gutter and drainage
– Pedestrian and cyclist signals and intersections along Jackson Avenue at Gertrude Ford/Molly Barr, Washington, College Hill/MS Highway 314 and Rebel Drive
Northwest Mississippi Community College – Senatobia Campus $250,000.00
– Sidewalk improvements along Northwest Drive and Alumni Drive, including sidewalk extension to Highway 4 (Wilson Road)
Mississippi State University $1,030,000.00
– Multi-use path linking MSU campus to City of Starkville BUILD Grant Corridor
East Mississippi Community College – Mayhew Campus $1,000,000.00
– Pedestrian improvements including sidewalks, lighting, ADA street crossings and ADA building access improvements; conversion of road to pedestrian main corridor connecting parking with classrooms
City of Louisville $300,000.00
– Sidewalk improvements at Safe Room Community Connector along College Street, N. Court Avenue, Mill Street and N. Columbus Avenue
Town of Jumpertown $430,000.00
– ADA-compliant sidewalk and curb ramps beginning at TVRHA Subdivision leading in two directions toward Jumpertown High School and Jumpertown Town Hall
Northeast Mississippi Community College $800,000.00
– New sidewalk and sidewalk improvements to meet ADA requirements with lighting
City of Greenwood $940,000.00
– Pedestrian and lighting improvements along Fulton Street including concrete/brick sidewalk, curb and gutter, historical lighting, landscaping, ADA ramps and crosswalks from West Johnson Street to West Church Street
Total Federal Funds in Northern District: $6,950,000.00
The award recipient can provide additional information regarding timelines and impacts to traffic prior to the start of construction.