U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement on Monday about the news that the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project had received the Chief’s Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the last step necessary before the project can proceed with construction.
The report provides an overview of the plan to deepen the Charleston Harbor channel to 52 feet and entrance channel to 54 feet, as well as enlarge turning basins to accommodate post-Panamax vessels.
“This is fantastic news for the Charleston Port and our state’s economy," Graham said. "Ensuring the Charleston Harbor deepening project remains on track has been and remains a top priority for me.
"We’ve come a long way in a very short amount of time," Graham said. "I’m proud of Jim Newsome, the port leadership team and all the work we have done thus far, but I will not stop pushing until this project is completed."
Graham said he and fellow lawmakers will "now push Congress to provide us with the tools needed to finish the job."
"I realize that jobs, both today and in the future, are at stake with this project," Graham said. "Our economic future and the livelihood of thousands of people in the Palmetto State depend on getting this project done. When it comes to deepening Charleston Harbor, failure is simply not an option.”