Congress recently passed legislation that ensures that the Charleston Harbor deepening project can proceed on schedule.
South Carolina Ports Authority President Jim Newsome told South Carolina Radio Network it means that the project advances to the next stage. “Deeping was critical for the port, because without that we really couldn’t move forward into the construction phase,’ said Newsome.
The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project was formally recommended for Congressional authorization in January with the issuance of the Record of Decision by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). The project has moved expeditiously through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers SMART Planning process and received strong support by all levels of government.
In 2012 the South Carolina General Assembly set aside $300 million for the state share of the project, and it was expedited by the Administration as a “We Can’t Wait” initiative.
“So it was important that the federal government said that they would accept this project and take up the ongoing maintenance once it is completed,” Newsome said.
The project will deepen the harbor to 54 feet at the entrance channel and 52 feet in the harbor.