Port of Savannah dredging gets green light from feds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this morning endorsed the dredging of the Port of Savannah by an additional five feet – to 47 feet. That’s one foot shorter than originally proposed, a nod to environmental concerns.

But five feet, and a high tide, should adequately accommodate new, larger ships intended for a refurbished Panama Canal, the Corps declared.

From the press release:

“We all know how critical this extra depth is to the ability of our nation to move cargo efficiently,” said Curtis Foltz, [Georgia Port Authority] executive director. “The depth, along with an average seven foot tide, strikes the right balance between the needs of our industry and the environment of the Savannah River. Nearly 40 percent of the project cost is dedicated to environmental mitigation, preservation of cultural resources or the improvements to river access for the public.”

The cost of the product has been bumped up to $652 million. The endorsement by the Corps gives a green light for federal funding. Look for the state Capitol – and a certain person in Atlanta’s City Hall — to celebrate.

The press conference continues here.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

Georgia Values

April 11th, 2012
10:19 am

Thank you to Governor Deal, Mayor Reed, and Curtis Foltz for their bipartisan leadership on this issue. We should all look to them as an example of how to interact cooperatively in order to accomplish real results.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
10:21 am

Hmm…approach a democratic mayor with a democratic president in a state full of Republicans that has no reason to receive help due to their votes in congress….in exchange for getting a tax boost for transportation that any other more competent state would have passed years ago.

I’ll give credit where credit is due. Good horse trading.

Kasim Reed. Good Politician. Terrible Person.

Bob Smith

April 11th, 2012
10:26 am

Savannah gets more Fed money? Shocking.

Bob Loblaw

April 11th, 2012
10:35 am

honested

April 11th, 2012
10:57 am

Great.

Now all of Georgia gets fleeced for 562,000,000.00 to accomplish nothing really.

This whole ‘conservative governance thingy’ just seems to provide an unending stream of unfunded mandates for no real value to Georgia citizens.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
11:14 am

@Honested. The port dredging will create jobs and is necessary for the economy of the state.

You KNOW it will make a lot of money because it managed to make two otherwise incompetent state parties actually work together to make it happen. (Yes Horse, the State democrats are still incompetent.)

At the least, it will help georgia BUSINESS (and the chosen small businesses with connections to Republican and Democratic politicians and the ruling chamber of commerce)….even if regular citizens might not (though I imagine that even the primitive inhabitants will too.)

Even neanderthals deserve decent transportation infrastructure.

Like all the invisible people in the middle of South Georgia that have the best roads money can buy.

LC

April 11th, 2012
11:22 am

Currently 7% of all jobs in Georgia can be tied to the Savannah port. The recent decision by Caterpillar to create thousands of jobs in the Athens area was due to accessibility to the Savannah and the Charleston port. With more manufacturing plants headed to the US (most to the Southeast), making the Savannah port the most competitive it can be is a no brainer.

CobbGOPer

April 11th, 2012
11:48 am

It’s a better use of $500 million than giving it to Arthur Blank for a new stadium.

No Teabagging

April 11th, 2012
12:05 pm

@CobbGOPer. There’s nothing stopping the $400 million dollar giveaway to Arthur Blank.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
12:10 pm

Hey Reed? Remember that single point you got for getting the port right?

Giving 500 million for a new stadium takes it away. Betting money on sports is a sucker’s bet especially when APD is Steeling for breath like a dying gold fish.

Terrible person AND Terrible Politician.

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

April 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

Georgia Values

April 11th, 2012
10:19 am

stole my name but you left out how muck Deal & Reed are going to pocket from this.

findog

April 11th, 2012
12:56 pm

if you have to depend on high tide for access you shut down traffic by half

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

April 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

Georgia Values

April 11th, 2012
10:19 am

stole my name but you left out how much Deal & Reed are going to pocket from this.

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