FRA Grant Supports Highway-Rail Project in Vicksburg, Miss.

WASHINGTON — The City of Vicksburg, Miss., is receiving a $4.3 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to make significant improvements where the Washington Street highway bridge crosses over Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) tracks.

The project involves constructing a tunnel for KCS trains above which the existing highway bridge will be removed and replaced with an at-grade roadway. As a result, heavy trucks can resume operating on Washington Street, KCS will straighten its right-of-way, and a new connector road will be built to accommodate the closure of the Lee Street highway-rail grade crossing.

The City of Vicksburg is contributing $1 million to this project and KCS is providing $500,000.