Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told coastal-area business leaders Thursday not to worry about the Savannah harbor deepening project. The $652 port expansion has languished because Congress and the White House haven't yet budgeted the bulk of the federal project's cost. Reed spoke at the Savannah Economic Development Authority's annual luncheon.
Georgia Ports Authority officials say a record 2.4 million tons of cargo moved through the state's ports in April. Officials say April's record is an increase of about 108,530 tons over the same time period last year. In a release Monday, GPA officials said the state's ports also saw a 4 percent increase in container traffic in April.
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed two transportation bills into law that aim to help the state move forward on major projects. Deal signed the bills Thursday at an event at the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. The first, House Bill 202, provides greater flexibility for the state to distribute funds for interstate improvements and major regional projects, including deepening the shipping channel to the busy Port of Savannah.
he Georgia Ports Authority has joined a South Carolina state agency in agreeing to a settlement that would end pending lawsuits over the proposed $652 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah.
Georgia officials say they're taking a closer look at having state taxpayers pay a larger upfront share to begin deepening the waterway to the bustling Port of Savannah. The federal government's share of the $652 million project is proving tough to get.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson was in Savannah Wednesday to update port officials on the progress of federal funding for the Savannah harbor expansion project. Earlier in the week, he attended the Atlanta Braves opening day with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. On the prospect of port funding, he was loaded with baseball metaphors.
A 300 ton container vessel for a new nucelear reactor at Plant Vogtle is still sitting at the Port of Savannah -- a month after workers tried unsuccessfully to move it by rail. A spokesman for Southern Company, building the nuclear plant, says when the train left the port on December 15th, the vessel's rail platform shifted. Public information on the incident is scant.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the next step for the Savannah harbor deepening is landing an earmark for the funds in the federal budget. Speaking at the Atlanta Press Club Thursday, he said the port is a key part of his bid to make Atlanta the logistics hub for the Western Hemisphere.
The Port of Savannah is celebrating completion of a nearly yearlong expansion of its facility for loading and unloading cargo onto trains. The Georgia Ports Authority and railroad operator Norfolk Southern Corp. planned a ribbon cutting Friday to mark the official opening.