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|Vidalia mayor pushes port project in Washington|
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland met with state delegates in Washington D.C. last week to continue the push for a port near the industrial park.
"We had very productive meetings with Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Rodney Alexander and they are all working with us to make sure this happens," Copeland said. "We are trying to get the Corps of Engineers to incorporate the port into their 2008-09 budget. The delegation said they are going to work with the City of Vidalia to begin the process of funding for this total project."
The port will be located off Hwy. 131 near the Vidalia Industrial Park.
Copeland organized a tour last month and was joined by consultant Joe Woods, Concordia Economic Development District Chairman Richard Young and Col. Mike Wehr, Commander of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District.
Woods, who worked for the Corps of Engineers for 38 years, said the proposed site for the unloading and loading facility is three miles south of the city limits of Vidalia near the industrial park.
"The basic thrust is to build a loading and unloading facility to give access to the Mississippi River for commodities coming into and going out of the City of Vidalia, as well as other parts of the state," Woods said. "This will be a great economic boost to this part of the state and even beyond."
Copeland also talked with the Congressional delegation about Hwy. 84, pushing for it to be completely four-laned through the state.
"We had some positive conversations about that, as well," he said.
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