President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget includes $20 million to complete the Delaware River Channel dredging, Congressman Bob Brady, D-Pa., announced today.
“As I have said on many occasions, there is no way to overestimate the importance of this dredging operation,” Brady’s press statement reads. “
Our ports are responsible for 75,000 jobs and $1billion in wages for our region. If we had not continued this fight those jobs and our regional economy would have taken a serious hit.”
The project will deepen the shipping channel between Philadelphia and Camden to the Atlantic Ocean by five feet to a full 45 feet. Nearly 30 miles of the river have been dredged, and the final 14 are expected to be completed in May.