Outgoing Senator Snares $7M Highway Grant For Starkville

STARKVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Outgoing U.S. Senator Thad Cochran this week announced a $7 million federal transportation grant for Mississippi State University to develop an approximately two-mile multimodal corridor on Hightower Road. The 2017 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Cochran says the project will alleviate gridlock and improve safety for students, faculty, visitors, and Starkville residents. The discretionary grant will allow Mississippi State to develop Hightower Road Corridor Project, a north-south passage that incorporates sidewalks, bike lanes, transit shelters, traffic signal improvements, and street lighting on the eastern perimeter of the university campus. The enhancements would be ADA compliant. Cochran, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recommended the project to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a letter last October.



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