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.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider