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Camp Shelby and MDOT become partners for Rails to Trails project

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from Camp Shelby

Mississippi Department of Transportation is partnering with Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center on a Mississippi Central Pathway Project also known as “Rails to Trails” with a special presentation by MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner, Tom King, to the base Commander, Col. Greg Michel, scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Building.

     “MDOT is proud to partner with Camp Shelby to bring about this much needed multi-use pathway project,” said MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. “The goal of the project is to provide a safe, attractive environment for pedestrians and educational opportunities for the public.”

     MDOT Commissioner Tom King will be presenting Col. Greg Michel with 80% of the funding to support this project, which comes to a total of $399,168 dollars. The funds being presented tomorrow to support this project is a result of the federal Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP funding.  Camp Shelby, serving as the Local Public Agency, will be responsible for the remaining 20% of project costs.  The total estimated cost of this project is $498,960 dollars.

     The “Rails to Trails” project will consist of 4,400 feet of concrete multi-use pathway to connect major pedestrian nodes within Camp Shelby including the original train depot site and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum located at Camp Shelby.

     Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center continues to meet the challenges of providing for the nation’s defense by serving as a premier training center for the Mississippi National Guard and neighboring states. The Camp Shelby mission has evolved in planning, developing, and providing a diverse and demanding training environment that changes constantly to meet the new and emerging threats to our nation’s security. 

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