SAVANNAH, Ga. -- President Barack Obama is recommending $1.28 million in federal funding in the next fiscal year for the proposed deepening of the Savannah harbor - far short of what Georgia officials need to start construction.
The proposed installment for the $652 million project for the Port of Savannah was contained in the White House's budget blueprint Wednesday. Georgia officials had hoped for roughly $100 million to begin dredging of the Savannah River channel this year.
Savannah and other East Coast ports are racing to deepen their harbors to make room for supersized cargo ships expected to begin arriving through an expanded Panama Canal in 2015.
Georgia has allocated $231 million for the Savannah project. The federal share has been tough to get with Washington's focus on deficit reduction.