U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- SC) said June 4 he welcomed a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to set a date for the Civil Works Review Board (CWRB) to evaluate a feasibility report and make its recommendation on the Charleston Harbor Post-45 Deepening Project.
After its review, scheduled for June 25, 2015, the CWRB will make its evaluation and announce its chief of engineers report. The report is necessary before crews can begin actual construction on the harbor deeping project.
Setting June 25 as the date guarantees that the final “chief’s report” will be completed on schedule by September 2015. This, in turn, makes the Port of Charleston eligible for potential funding from the Preconstruction Engineering and Design (PED) fund, which will be allocated from the federal government.
"This is great news for the Port of Charleston and for keeping the deepening project on track. In football terms, we've moved the ball down the field and are now in the red zone," Graham said. "The port is invaluable to the state of South Carolina and the country as a whole. This announcement from the Corps (of Engineers) is another crucial step forward in helping us secure funding and advance to construction."
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