Governor Nathan Deal said Tuesday he has set aside the final $35 million needed from the state to deepen the Savannah harbor. Deal made the announcement at a State of the Ports luncheon hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
President Barack Obama used his televised interview with Jay Leno to slip in a plug for three Southeastern states seeking federal funds to deepen the waterways cargo ships navigate to reach their ports.
US Army Corps of Engineers officials are extending the public comment period for the proposed Savannah Harbor deepening project. The agency is giving people 15 more days to register their opinions on the 600 million dollar proposal. Officials released the project's Final Environmental Impact Statement and General Report on April 11.
The federal government is pumping an additional $2.5 million into pre-construction work that's needed before crews could begin deepening the shipping channel to Savannah's seaport. Officials announced Wednesday the money is being allocated from $741 million in discretionary funds the Army Corps of Engineers has to improve navigation.