A new agreement between the state Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers will officially launch the construction phase of the $529 million Charleston Harbor deepening project.
The Project Partnership Agreement announced Wednesday finalizes the responsibilities between the Ports Authority — which will sponsor the deepening– and the Corps, which will oversee the work. Ports officials say deepening the channel from 45 feet to 52 is needed for new, larger container vessels which have already begun calling along the East Coast.
“We’re excited to begin the construction phase of the Post 45 project,” ACE Charleston District commander Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini said in a release. “The signing of the PPA allows us to stay on track with our budget and timeline for eventually deepening the federal channel of Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.” [Read more…]