Georgia budget adds $35M for deepening Savannah harbor
March 20, 2014 12:18 PM | 803 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The new budget approved by Georgia lawmakers includes an additional $35 million for deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah.

The fiscal 2015 state budget the Legislature sent to the governor Tuesday brings the total funding Georgia has set aside for the Savannah harbor expansion to $266 million.

That should be enough to cover Georgia's 40 percent of the $652 million project, which would deepen 30 miles of the Savannah River between the port and the Atlantic Ocean to make room for giant cargo ships.

The Georgia Ports Authority is pushing for the Army Corps of Engineers to begin dredging this year, but progress has stalled in Washington. The White House says a water projects bill stuck in Congress must pass before the harbor deepening can begin.



Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides