SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Gov. Nathan Deal says the Obama administration’s latest funding request to deepen the Savannah harbor falls far short of the federal dollars needed to keep the project on schedule. President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2017 released Tuesday seeks $42.7 million to continue dredging the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah. Construction on the $706 million project, which would make room for larger cargo ships in the Savannah River, began last fall.
Deal said in a statement that the president’s latest funding request would provide “less than half of what is needed to ensure … construction progresses steadily.” Georgia committed its entire $266 million share of the harbor project upfront, and that money has essentially been spent – making federal funding critical for avoiding future delays.