- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) - The federal government has approved a $17.8 million grant for highway and bridge improvements in three southwest Mississippi counties, including one that’s home to Alcorn State University.

The Department of Transportation grant was announced Wednesday by Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.

They said the money will help pay for improvements to substandard roads and deteriorating bridges, improving access to regional employment centers, including Alcorn State. It also will be used to improve evacuation routes from the Grand Gulf Nuclear Generating Station near Port Gibson.

Claiborne, Franklin and Jefferson counties applied for the money, along with Alcorn State. The senators say they sent letters of support to the Department of Transportation earlier this year.

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