Public gets first look at Savannah Harbor deepening plans

By Melanie Ruberti - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - City and county leaders and residents got an up close look at the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project on Wednesday at the Savannah Civic Center.

The Army Corps of Engineers set up booths to show off their plan. They displayed how the harbor would be deepened to 48 feet, the environmental impacts it might have and of course how it will strengthen the economy.

The public had their first opportunity to voice their concerns and ask questions straight to the engineers, economist and managers in charge of the project.

Most people liked what they saw.

"We need to get back to a manufacturing base where we make things the rest of the world wants to buy. The bottom line is, unless we can have the facilities to transport that, and actually do business with the world then, we're going to suffer. We desperately need the port, we really do," said Robert Galletta of Savannah.

If the dredging project gets federal approval and funding, construction would start in summer 2012.

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