Georgia ports officials are edging closer to beginning work on the long-planned expansion of the Port of Savannah. Dredging to deepen the port should begin by June, according to the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority Board. Robert Jepson says he's confident work will be underway when he completes his term as chairman this summer.
Three Georgia politicians have written to President Barack Obama urging him to include the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project authorization increase in his budget amendment to Congress. The president’s budget allocated just $1.28 million for the harbor expansion project — which is expected to cost $652 million.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal has included $50 million in this year’s state budget for the Savannah harbor deepening project. Port officials told lawmakers Wednesday the port’s strong performance in 2012 reaffirms the need for the project.
Georgia ports officials have agreed to lower the amount they want to deepen Savannah's harbor. The new depth is one of many changes in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's final harbor deepening report issued today. The report took 15 years to complete and details every aspect of the project.