A plan that the Port of Charleston says will let it compete for huge container ships following next year’s Panama Canal expansion moved forward Thursday.
The Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Project received unanimous approval from the Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Review Board Thursday for its Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement.
The final report will now be released to state and local agencies for a 30-day review period. Upon review from the agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers will sign the report in September and then present it to Congress. “Once the Chief’s Report is sent to Congress, authorization and funding appropriation will need to be secured to begin the construction phase of the project,” according to Lisa Metheney, Head Civilian of the Charleston District of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Metheney told South Carolina Radio Network that the next step is the design phase. “We are still a few years away from the work in the harbor actually starting. Right now the next step is the design phase which will take about 18 to 24 months.”