The Port Commission of The Port of Houston Authority reduced its original funding agreement with the Texas Dept. of Transportation to widen Port Road to a four-lane boulevard and construct an overpass at Bayport Terminal by $629,622. The original project costs, estimated by TxDOT at $16.6 million, and funding agreement, were based on preliminary design information. Because the low bid for the project came in at $4.3 million below the estimated construction cost, the port authority’s share of the total project cost has decreased by $629,622 to a total of $2.7 million. The balance of the cost is to be federally funded.

In addition, Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc. was awarded a $2.9-million contract to design Wharf 6 Container Yard at the Bayport Container Terminal. CH2M Hill Inc. was awarded a $2.8 million contract to design Wharf Nos. 2 and 6 at Bayport Terminal to extend an additional 660 ft east and 1,000 ft west of the existing wharf.

Commissioners also confirmed Alec G. Dreyer as the new executive director of the Port of Houston Authority.