Perdue Seeks $36 Million to Deepen Harbor

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue is asking state lawmakers
to approve $36 million to begin a long-awaited project to deepen
the river route to the Port of Savannah.

The request is part of the governor's 2010 budget proposal
presented to the Legislature this week.

Georgia Ports Authority spokesman Robert Morris said the funding
is needed to dredge the shipping channel on the Savannah River from
42 feet to as deep as 48 feet.

Morris said the Savannah port, the fourth largest in the U.S.,
will need a deeper channel to compete when larger container ships
begin using the Panama Canal in 2014.

If approved by the Legislature, Morris said the money should be
available in time to apply for federal matching funds as Congress
takes up its next budget later this year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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