Dec 27, 2011 9:56 AM by AP
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury is expected to award a construction bid for a $4 million high-speed rail facility Wednesday with work slated to begin in early 2012.
The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/qjfACs ) 10 bids ranging from $3.8 million to $4.7 million were opened Dec. 19 and taken under advisement.
Tentative construction plans call for construction of grain tanks, conveyors, grain elevators, grain-handling equipment and an overhead rail scale on a 2.4-acre site at the Agri-Industrial Park in Lacassine.
South Louisiana Rail Facility Chairman Chris Krielow says a rail system and other infrastructures are already in place for the facility.
Officials say the facility will take about six months to complete and should be ready for the 2012 harvest.