- Associated Press - Friday, April 6, 2018

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is receiving a $2.6 million federal grant to construct a pedestrian and bus bridge over a major highway.

The Federal Transit Administration announced the grant Thursday. It will partially pay for the projected $9.8 million cost of the bridge in Gulfport.

The 1,100-foot (340-meter) bridge will stretch across U.S. 90 to connect the Coast Transit Authority’s transit center to Jones Park and the under-construction Mississippi Aquarium. The bridge will be accessible to pedestrians and buses.

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U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican, says the bridge is a “key expansion in the city’s transit infrastructure” and will attract tourists and businesses to the state’s second largest city.

U.S. Rep Steven Palazzo, also a Mississippi Republican, says the bridge will help people access the city’s beaches and downtown.

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