- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Transportation Commission has awarded $3.8 million in grants to seven of the state’s ports for upgrades, maintenance and repairs.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1TuxAfQ) the work ranges from upgrading rail lines, improving docks, repairing roofs and general cleanup.

It was welcome news for Mark McAndrews, director of the Port of Pascagoula, which abuts the Pascagoula River at the Gulf of Mexico.

Pascagoula’s facility lost the use of one of its docks in a 2013 fire that destroyed an adjacent freezer. The port will get $950,000.

The Lowndes County Port on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway will use a little more than $504,000 to upgrade and extend an existing rail spur along its east bank. The port matched $20,000 to secure the grant.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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