Congress Finds Extra $3M for Vicksburg Water Pipe

VICKSBURG, MS (Ben Caxton) — Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs frequent visits to Washington are paying dividends. Literally. Congress has earmarked $3M to help with a project to install an auxiliary water line for the city. The $5M project still requires the city to put up 25% of the cost. But with the added funding bringing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contribution from $2.45M to $5.45M, Vicksburg’s Mayor says the city can now afford to complete the project all at once, instead of in phases. The idea for the project started in 2010 when a landslide threatened the main line but high bids have kept the project from becoming a reality. A new proposed route for the pipeline and a new design though have lowered the cost estimated to the point where bids can be let again and the project started.



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