- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - An agreement between the City of Vicksburg and the Mississippi Department of Transportation is freeing up $471,475 in federal funds for repairs to the Old Depot Museum.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1jwvvZI ) the city will put up a 20 percent match, or $104,369.

No date was given when the project will go out for bids.

The city signed the agreement Monday.

The museum is housed in the former Yazoo and Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The museum in downtown Vicksburg features a huge collection of ship models and riverboat models. The building also houses the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

City grants coordinator Marcia Weaver said the repair project involves replacing ornamental woodwork and on the building’s exterior, fixing 48 windows, painting the depot’s exterior and replacing its elevator.

She said none of the work is related to damage from the spring 2011 Mississippi River flood.

“It’s just age and weather,” she said.

The repair work and the elevator replacement are the first major projects at the depot since its renovation.

The city bought the 108-year-old, three-story depot in 2001 for $295,000. It underwent a $1.6 million renovation and, after several delays, opened in 2012.

In February, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the Old Depot Museum will receive some items from the USS Vicksburg, when the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser is decommissioned by the Navy.

Four warships have been christened the USS Vicksburg, and the Old Depot Museum is already home to a model of the modern-day cruiser and an assortment of memorabilia that was donated by sailors aboard the World War II-era incarnation of the USS Vicksburg.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com