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Friday, November 11, 2011 - 11:27am

Atlanta Mayor, Gov. Deal to Tour Port of Savannah

Atlanta's mayor and the Georgia governor have announced plans to tour the Port of Savannah as state leaders continue pushing for an expansion project they say is critical to the region's economy.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's office said in a statement Friday that he will tour the port with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Tuesday.

This week, Georgia's long-sought plans to dredge the Savannah River to allow for larger ships was boosted when a board in South Carolina approved a compromise on a water quality permit allowing construction in the shared river channel.

Deepening the Savannah River from the Atlantic Ocean to the Savannah port would accommodate cargo ships expected to sail through the Panama Canal after it completes an expansion in 2014.

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