SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is on course to receive all the money needed from the federal government to keep the project on track for the third year in a row.
The Army Corps of Engineers requested just over $130 million from the feds. We learned Tuesday that President Trump included the full amount in his budget proposal.
Right off the bat in our interview, the Army Corps of Engineers made it clear the just over $130 million is proposed at this point and will not be approved without Congress. Still, local, state, and federal elected leaders who represent areas set to benefit from SHEP applauded President Trump for his funding recommendation.
The completion of this massive undertaking that will allow bigger ships with more carp to navigate the waters to the port is set for 2022. A spokesman for the Corps of Engineers explained what step they’re on right now, and what’s next.
“Right now, we’re doing some testing on our dissolved oxygen injection system,” said Billy Birdwell, Spokesman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “This process will allow us to put more oxygen into the harbor water that will be depleted as the harbor gets deeper.”
Georgia Republican congressmen Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter have secured all the funding to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on track through 2020.
“The president’s budget now includes over $130 million for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. This will keep us on track for this year. It’s the third year in a row we got full funding for this project. This year’s even better because we got the full funding we need for this year without taking it from the Corp of Engineers, out of their bucket, if you will," Rep Carter said.
The next step after that is the deepening of the inner harbor, which is set to begin this September.