Port Manatee is advancing an $8.3 million project to nearly double the size of its dockside container yard with approval Tuesday, July 28, of a construction contract by the Manatee County Port Authority. The container yard expansion, targeted for June 2021 completion, promises to add 9.3 acres to the existing 10-acre paved facility adjoining Port Manatee’s Berth 12 and 14 docks.
The newly awarded construction contract with Crisdel Group Inc. of Tampa is for $7,890,197.90, with that amount equally divided between port funds and a Florida Department of Transportation grant. Engineering work is being completed under a separate $413,578 contract with Stantec, also of Tampa. The construction undertaking includes paving, drainage infrastructure and high-mast lighting, as well as the installation of 150 new electrical receptacles for plugging in refrigerated cargo containers, to bring Port Manatee’s total contingent of such reefer plugs to 600.