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Wicker, Hyde-Smith praise $6.1 million investment in Lowndes Co. Port infrastructure

By: Anne Summerhays - October 27, 2022

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi

Miss. Senators welcome improvement for Columbus-based internal waterway.

On Thursday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) celebrated a $6.1 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to improve infrastructure and expand capacity at the Lowndes County Port in Columbus.

The grant was issued by the Maritime Administration through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

Senator Wicker said Mississippi’s ports and waterways are vital elements to transportation and commerce in our state.

“These water-to-rail infrastructure investments will significantly improve the Lowndes County Ports’ capabilities and keep Mississippi moving,” Wicker added. 

Senator Hyde-Smith said this grant gives the Lowndes County Port Authority resources to implement West Bank Port improvements that are essential to moving more goods and services more efficiently.

“These appropriated funds will help to expand the capacity of the port in many ways, including construction of a new rail spur that gives the port more options for transferring cargo and improving the functionality of this facility,” Hyde-Smith continued. 

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: