The Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority approved a $68 million construction contract with Orion Construction L.P. for Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvements.
These significant dredging projects will begin following issuance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits and approval of its assumption of maintenance of the channels, Executive Director Roger Guenther said.
Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria hosted Congressman Pete Olson at the Bayport Container Terminal on March 10, giving him a first-hand look at the continuing expansion and growth at that facility.
Longoria said that March has been particularly busy, with visits from a number of important officials. The Port Authority hosted a briefing and tour for Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Congressman Blake Farenthold, a member of the committee.
Congressman Gene Green, Congressman Randy Weber, and Port Commissioners Clyde Fitzgerald and Theldon Branch also attended the briefing, along with Andy Taylor, Legislative Director for Congressman Michael McCaul.
The group toured the Bayport Container Terminal and learned about the great value the Port of Houston brings to the nation, including nearly $500 billion in economic activity and 2.1 million direct and indirect jobs.
These visits with elected officials, and other important stakeholders, underscore the importance of the Houston Ship Channel and its impact on the region and nation as part of the global transportation system.
Press Release, March 26, 2014