- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A bill to authorize the deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel so it can handle a new generation of larger container ships is now before the U.S. Senate.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (Ahttps://bit.ly/1SBRyQ) that the Water Resources Development Act would make the project eligible for $225 million in federal money. State lawmakers have already set aside $300 million for the work.

The bill is being debated Thursday by the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works.

South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome says he’s optimistic that the project will receive authorization and federal appropriations this year.

The work would deepen the shipping channel from 45 feet to 52 feet.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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