ROSEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission is receiving $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 funding was included in the omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress.
"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," Jimmy Yeager, president of the Port Commission, told The Bolivar Commercial (http://bit.ly/1kBQgpn ).
The work is to be performed by the American Field Services Corporation
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.
"In the future, we also plan to install roadside lighting and improved signage," Yeager said.
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 said.
Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com