Jul 25 2002

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR MOBILE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Committee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced approval of funding for several Mobile-area projects.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for several projects for Mobile and the surrounding area. These funds reflect a commitment to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure."

Railroad Bridge Reconstruction
The bill includes $5 million to continue the funding necessary to replace the 14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River. Sen. Shelby said, "Replacement of the bridge will ensure safe marine navigation on the Mobile River, which is critical to maintaining the efficiency and reliability of waterways commerce through the Port of Mobile and along the Black Warrior-Tombigbee waterway system."

State Docks
Sen. Shelby said, "The Alabama State Docks have the potential to become one of America's most economically important ports in this new century because of the proximity to emerging trade routes on the Gulf of Mexico. I am pleased that the bill provides $10 million in funding to modernize this important asset to our state by constructing an intermodal containerized freight terminal." Preliminary data indicates Alabama will need to expand its current dockside facilities that handle and store containerized cargo.

Gulf Coast High Speed Rail Corridor - Crossing Improvements
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provides $2 million to accommodate any emerging national high-speed rail network and to reduce hazards at railroad and highway crossings along the Gulf Coast rail corridor between Mobile and New Orleans."

Gulf Coast High Speed Rail Corridor - Corridor Planning
Sen. Shelby said, "The promise of high speed rail throughout this area could provide unprecedented economic growth and opportunity. This bill provides $800,000 to begin planning for high speed rail service throughout the Gulf Coast area."