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Infrastructure funding could complete the MRT project

Finishing the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project would be a good objective for the administration's infrastructure improvement goals.

There’s been a lot of talk – and few details – about the Trump administration’s ideas for improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Supposedly, the president would spend $1 trillion improving the nation’s highways, rail lines, airports and harbors.

Peter Nimrod, chief engineer for the Mississippi Levee Board, believes he has a solution. “Why not spend $7.1 billion to complete the most successful flood protection program in history?” asked Nimrod, referring to the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project.

Nimrod also said he has a good candidate for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works position that has yet to be filled by the administration. The candidate: R.D. James, a New Madrid, Mo., producer and ginner who is also a member of the Mississippi River Commission. James and other commissioners were on hand for a hearing in Greenville, Miss., for the MRC’s annual High Water Inspection trip.


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