A request for proposals will be floated in one week. The plan isto award the construction contract by mid- to late spring. Workshould begin later this year, with completion expected in one ortwo years.

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Jim Edmonds, the port authority's chairman, tells GlobeSt.comthat the new docks have always been part of the Bayport plan, butthe port's growth has pushed up the time line and the need for theextra docks and container storage. He emphasizes that the passageof the $250-million bond package helped to speed up expansion plansfor the 1,000-acre Bayport terminal.

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"We've been growing at around 10% to 12% per year and that'swhat's driving this," Edmonds adds. "We're building the port asquickly as we can to meet this demand."

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Edmonds says logistics-oriented companies like the port becauseof its proximity to the marketplace. "A day's ride is the mosteconomical way to move a container," he says. "You can get to otherlocations in Texas within a day with no trouble."

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Eventually, the Bayport project will be include intermodalcapability. But in the near future, Edmonds says the authority willbegin examining the entire Gulf of Mexico and determining where thenext terminal should be. "We own 1,100 acres of land on PelicanIsland in Galveston and that might be the logical place to gonext," he says.

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