SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is marking a milestone today, Feb. 28–near completion of the dredging of the outer harbor. It is part of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).
About 20 miles of the channel has been dredged. Enough material to fill 675,000 dump trucks has been removed.
The Corps showed reporters the dredge ship which has been working out in the ocean. They say the outer harbor contract is ending early (the contract could have gone into July) and somewhat under budget.
SHEP is designed to allow larger ships to enter the Port of Savannah. The entire harbor is being deepened from 42 to 47 feet at a cost of over $970 million dollars.
The next step is to begin dredging 20 miles of the inner harbor (the Savannah River.) A contract for the inner harbor piece of the project cannot be awarded until an environmental project is installed and testing to ensure that marine life is not harmed by the dredging of the river.