Sen. Johnny Isackson (R-Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is planning a visit to the Port of Savannah, where port officials are awaiting federal funding to begin a $652 million deepening of the harbor.
The Georgia Ports Authority said Isakson was expected discuss the harbor expansion project during his stop Wednesday morning.
Savannah and other East Coast ports are scrambling for permits and funding to deepen their shipping channels so they will have room for supersized cargo ships expected to begin using an expanded Panama Canal in 2015.
The nation's fourth-largest container port in Savannah won federal approval last year to deepen the river channel from 42 to 47 feet. But the budget crisis in Washington has made it extremely hard to get federal funding to begin construction.