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Army Corps of Engineers could help boost SHEP funds

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

There's still hope for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

The Army Corps of Engineers says there's a possibility more federal funds could be allocated to the president's proposed 2017 budget.

In 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers was able to get more money allocated through discretionary funds, boosting it from $20 to $45 million.  And just this week, the president proposed $42.7 million for 2017. Keep in mind that number is not final.

Crews started deepening back in September, and so far they've dredged five percent of their goal. Ideally, the project needs about $100 million a year to be done by 2020. But its competing with other national projects and any local issues that may slow it down.

"There's a lot of things that can delay a project of this size -- it involves acquiring lands -- executing contracts and there's all kinds of obstacles that i couldn't even think of that could delay a project of this size,” said Russell Wicke, Army Corps of Engineers.

Now, it's hard to say exactly how much the project has been set back. We will be following this budget proposal closely and we'll let you know if the Army Corps of Engineers is able to get more money allocated.

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