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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Contact: Stephanie Roth
(202) 366-0660
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Mississippi Receives $5 Million Federal Grant For Highway Improvements In Coahoma and Quitman Counties

Washington, DC – Mississippi is receiving a $5 million federal transportation grant to reconstruct U.S. 278 from Clarksdale to Marks in Coahoma and Quitman Counties, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said today.

The grant is part of a federal program that supports transportation infrastructure and economic development in the Delta region of the U.S.

"Investing in new road projects will help countless travelers and residents alike better connect to the heart, spirit and soul of the Delta region," said Mineta. "This funding is a wise investment in northwest Mississippi’s economic potential and quality of life."

The Department of Transportation is providing more than $24 million in grants to eight states in the Delta region. In addition to Mississippi, states receiving grants are Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee.

The highway, transit and safety law signed by President Bush in August 2005 provides an additional $40 million for transportation projects in the Delta region. It also provides $1 million to the Delta Regional Authority for a study of transportation needs and priorities in the eight states. The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership established to further economic development in the Delta.

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