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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction of Savannah Harbor Expansion Project

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - After 16 years, you can finally count down the days until construction begins on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

Crews will start phase one on Thursday by recovering the CSS Georgia, which has been sitting on the floor of the Savannah River since 1864. Crews will bring up the vessel so that they can deepen the channel by five feet in order for bigger vessels to move through the harbor.

“It's a very exciting project,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “We were shared some pictures yesterday of the first segment that was brought up as kind of a test, and they've identified the various particles that are still in existence on the floor of the river, and so they are well prepared to start recovering immediately.”

The entire cost of the project is $706 million, and it is being shared between the State of Georgia and the federal government.

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