Fri., December 23, 2011 7:44am (EST)

House OKs Savannah Port Funds
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
The U.S. House has approved funding to begin work on the Savannah harbor deepening. The appropriations bill still needs approval of the Senate and the president’s signature. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulrobertlloyd/4087202807/>Paul Robert Lloyd via Flickr</a>.)
The U.S. House has approved funding to begin work on the Savannah harbor deepening. The appropriations bill still needs approval of the Senate and the president’s signature. (Photo Courtesy of Paul Robert Lloyd via Flickr.)
An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes $588,000 in construction funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.

Rep. Jack Kingston said Thursday that while the amount is small, the money is construction instead of planning. Kingston says the shift from planning to implementation is critical for keeping the project on schedule.

Approval of the start of work on the project is expected in the middle of 2012.

The measure awaits final approval in the Senate and the president's signature.