Jeff Davis jurors award $200K bid for railroad facility

Bid Awarded for Rail Facility

JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Development on the Lacassine Rail Loading Facility can finally begin. The Jeff Davis Police Jury awarded the low bid to a local contractor Wednesday, May 23.

The low bid was awarded to C. Morvant Construction Inc. out of Roanoke for $197,140 toward the construction of the truck sampler and grading building for the $4-million high-speed rail loading facility, a development Jeff Davis Parish is looking forward to.

The facility is within Juror Bill Wild's district, District 12, and he said the awarding of this contract is just another part of the whole plan of the rail facility development.

"Farming is one of the backbone industries of this parish. What this facility will do is open up more markets for moving rice, and soy beans and wheat," Wild said. "It will give us an opportunity to move all types of grain, not just rice."

Enhancing this facility, Wild said, will help boost and save the agriculture industry.

"It'll just help us out and give us another opportunity and farmers in this area to get out and do more things," Wild said.

And he believes this will bring a brighter future to the ag. industry as well as Jeff Davis Parish.

Wild said construction on the facility should be complete by the end of July.

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