The town of Hardeeville is among many South Carolina governments hoping to get their share of stimulus dollars.Hardeeville Mayor Bronco Bostick says the town has already applied for the assistance and they know exactly where they want help. Jasper County is trying to create instructure around a planned exit on Interstate 95, to prepare for the development of the Jasper County Port on the Savannah River.
Bostick says the exit and the port are no small projects. “It’s going to bring economic development, more jobs to the region, not just Jasper County, all the way to Georgia. Exit #3 will facilitate port traffic and also hurricane evacuations from Hilton Head and Bluffton.”
The mayor says the port project and the exit and its contruction will bring up to 150,000 jobs to the area.
Bostick participated in the recent Stimulus Summit organized by Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Columbia Mayor Bob Coble.
The site of the future port is currently a dredging dump used by the Army Corps of Engineers. There’re still a lot of kinks to be worked out of the plans, not the least of which is where to put the new dredging disposal site. The Georgia Department of Transportation owns the land, but the Corps of Engineers owns the easement rights. The South Carolina and Georgia governors say they’re working together to make the project a reality.