Lawmakers get Charleston port money
May 17, 2011 1:20:00 PM - thestate.com
Key members of South Carolinas congressional delegation are expected to announce this afternoon that a rare bipartisan effort has secured money for a Corps of Engineers study on deepening the Charleston port.
Aides said the chief federal civil works agency has set aside $150,000 to start the study, which would cost $400,000 to complete.
The $150,000 dollar amount is small at least in comparison with many federal projects but its import is large.
The money will prevent Charleston, which wants to deepen its harbor to 50 feet, from falling behind other Atlantic ports that are in the process of upgrading in order to accommodate a new generation of super-freighters after the Panama Canals widening is finished in 2014.
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