According to reports, deepening the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah is now expected to cost taxpayers $973 million, 38 percent higher than the federal government’s previous estimate.
The Army Corps of Engineers updated its cost estimate for the massive dredging project last month.
The last time the Corps had estimated the project’s total cost in 2014, the anticipated price was $706 million.
Work began in the fall of 2015 to dredge 39 miles of the Savannah River connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Savannah port. At the soonest, the job is expected to be done in early 2022