Savannah Harbor deepening gets closer

June 14, 2013 by  

The much slated deepening of Savannah harbor might get under way as early as the end of this year, if approval is granted to raise the budget and start spending.

The project, which has long been argued for within some quarters, has already been allocated over $230m in funds from the state, but approval is needed before this can be spent. Further approval is also needed to take the spend limit beyond $650m.

Speaking recently, Governor Nathan Deal said of the project:

“We really do have to have their sign-off that we can spend our own money.

“We don’t have that sign-off yet. But if we get the authorized limit raised and it’s only a question of the federal appropriation for their share, then we will be pursuing the idea of let us go ahead and start the project with the expectation that the federal government will follow suit.”

In order to generate business from ocean vessels that need deeper berths, the project is seen as critical to Georgia’s forestry industry. Nearly 120,000 folks in the state rely on the forests for their work, and being able to transport the wood easily is key to this.

Delivered correctly, and the project could well instigate the need for further business card printing as more and more jobs come up in the sector.

With Georgia trees playing an important role in lighting up the London Olympics, (as Deal was eager to enthuse), the future for foresting here could be very bright indeed.