Posted: Tuesday, June 10th 2014 at 3:10pm
Bill signing clears way for Ga. port expansion
By The Associated Press
SAVANNAH - Port officials say the Savannah harbor expansion may begin now that President Barack Obama has signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.
Officials said Tuesday that Georgia must now form an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine how costs of the anticipated $706 million project will be split with the federal government.
Officials have said the port expansion will make room for larger cargo ships. Savannah has the fourth-busiest container port in the U.S.
In a joint statement, Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss said port expansion is crucial for the region and will generate billions in revenue.
Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican, says he urges the Army Corps of Engineers to sign the agreement and begin construction immediately.
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