U.S. Senator Jonny Isakson of Georgia is optimistic the Savannah Port deepening project will get the congressional fix it needs to begin construction later this year.
When Congress approved plans for the project in 1999, it okayed a price tag of about $450 million. Since then, projected costs have jumped to about $650 million.
To begin construction, Congress must sign off on the higher spending cap.
The Senate did its part last month, adding the provision into the Water Resource Development Act. Now, the House must follow.
“That’s the switch that turns the lights on,” said Iskason. “As soon as it’s passed and it becomes law, within a week they can start the project.”
Isakson said he’s received positive signs from Bill Shuster, the chairman of the House committee considering the bill.