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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:39am

Port Work Continues At Corps

Updated: 1 year ago.
The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is overseen by the US Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency affected by the government shutdown. (photo Georgia Ports Authority)

Preparations for Savannah's harbor deepening continue despite the government shutdown.

A US Army Corps of Engineers spokesman says 130 of 799 employees throughout the agency's Savannah District have been furloughed.

State dollars and already allocated federal funds are currently keeping workers employed on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

"More of those people will be impacted if the shutdown is lengthy," says the spokesman, Billy Birdwell. "But for now, SHEP continues."

The project is still in planning stages until Congress approves the bulk of its $652 million price-tag.