Long-sought money for a study of deepening the Charleston Harbor shipping channel could be included when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases its national work plan later this month.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn understands money for several port projects, including Charleston, will be in the plan being developed now that the new federal budget finally passed, said the congressman's spokeswoman, Hope Derrick.
"We are very optimistic," Derrick said. "I would say optimistic. Confident may be a little too certain."
Corps spokesman Gene Pawlik in Washington said the work plan is still being put together and couldn't comment. He said it is expected to be released around the middle of the month.
Clyburn, a Democrat, has been working with the White House to get money for the study.