Jun 16 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING FOR MOBILE

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for Mobile area projects included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed out of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee today and is expected to be voted on by the full Appropriations Committee tomorrow.

14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River - $5 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the subcommittee recognized the need to provide the remaining funds to replace the 14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River. 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."

“The replacement of the bridge will save shippers millions of dollars annually in lost time and accidents, and will greatly assist in the shipment of cargo moving through the Alabama State Docks,” added Shelby.

CASA Aircraft - $5.25 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will be used in the procurement of a third CASA aircraft (CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft), and will also assist with maintenance and equipment for aircraft. These aircraft are used in the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program.”