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Carter Announces Critical Federal Port Infrastructure Development Grant for Georgia Ports Authority

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Washington, February 11, 2020 | comments
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) today announced that he has successfully secured a federal Department of Transportation grant of $34,600,000.00 for the Port of Savannah. 

The Port Infrastructure Development Grant is critical to straighten and realign Berth 1, one of the oldest areas of the Port, to increase efficiency. The funding will work to modernize the Berths to handle larger ships and is necessary to ensure the Port is able to handle additional cargo.

Carter worked with the Department of Transportation to secure this federal funding, including sending an official request letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.  

"Yesterday, it was confirmed that President Trump has requested full operational funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project," said Carter. "Today, I'm proud to announce a large grant for the Port of Savannah to straighten and realign one of the oldest parts of the Port. This announcement goes hand-in-hand with recent news, including the recent land acquisition, to increase port capacity and efficiency. I am extremely excited that this federal funding will work to modernize the port, allow larger ships and increase the amount of cargo they will be able to move."

“Our ports are an integral component of our Nation’s economic success,” said Secretary of Transportation Chao. “As the Administration continues to invest in America’s infrastructure, this program will further modernize and improve the efficiency of our waterways.”

According to the Department of Transportation, this project will realign Berth 1 at the Port of Savannah by: 1) demolishing the existing berth, 2) rebuilding an extended berth that is aligned with the berths immediately to the west, and 3) deepening the berth to 47 feet adjacent to the navigation channel.

Click here to view or download Carter's official grant request letter to the Department of Transportation. 
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