- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Necaise Brothers Construction of Gulfport has been awarded a $63.3 million contract for restoration and expansion at the state Port of Gulfport.

Port Executive Director Jonathan Daniel told The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1vrjkV9 ) while Necaise Brothers was not the lowest bidder, it was chosen because the firm’s preference under Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant rules.

Daniel said the Necaise bid was also classified as the “most responsive bid.”

“Some pieces were missing from the other one,” he said.

The low bidder was W.C. Fore Trucking Inc. in Gulfport at $62.9 million.

The contract is the biggest associated with the port expansion. It includes installation of base and pavement, utilities and rail line on the expanded West Pier.

Work is expected to begin in mid-October and be completed in 18 months.

Fore also had the contract to haul in and fill acreage in the Mississippi Sound for the expansion. The high bidder for the job, Southern Industrial Contractors of Rayville, Louisiana, at $77.6 million, recently secured a separate West Pier construction contract.

Southern Industrial was the lowest eligible bidder, at $47 million, to build a transit shed for tenants Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and Crowley Liner Services Inc., and Dole’s administrative office building and entry gate.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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