Delaware River Dredging Project Confirmed

Wednesday, August 08, 2007
A development at the Port of Philadelphia moved closer with the appearance of United States Senator Arlen Specter confirming the government's commitment to fund the 45-ft. Delaware River dredging project. Absent from the event but ever-present in spirit was Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, a major supporter of the $300 million dredging, who was able to convince New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to support the effort as well. The channel's current depth of 40 ft. has been the same since 1941. The channel's new depth will reach 45 ft. With $66 million already secured, Specter confirmed that the project could begin, as the balance needed from the federal government will be forthcoming. The state of Pennsylvania will fund about $170m.

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