Highway safety advocates are concerned Georgia isn't doing enough to prepare for the thousands of new trucks expected on the roads in the coming years. Harbor expansion at the Port of Savannah alone could double truck traffic on Savannah-area roads.
The head of the Georgia Ports Authority says, Georgia won't be able to finish a critical harbor deepening project in time for an expansion at the Panama Canal. Larger ships will be sailing through the canal in 2014 and ports officials wanted Savannah's harbor deepened to accomodate larger ships before then.
Officials say, Georgia's inland port will start shipping containers by rail to the seaport of Savannah starting in October. The start-up of the port in Cordele will be slow, with about a hundred jobs being filled in the next few months. Once fully operational, however, the port could be the center of thousands of shipping, warehouse and transportation jobs.