Corps to provide update on Charleston Harbor deepening

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An update is scheduled on the planned $300 million deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding a public meeting on the project on Tuesday at The Citadel.

District engineer Lt. Col. Ed Chamberlayne is slated to provide a presentation on the progress of the project. In recent months, the corps has been conducting various studies needed for assessing the feasibility of the harbor deepening.

Maritime interests want the channel deepened from its current 45 feet to 50 feet to handle a new generation of larger container ships that will routinely call once the widened Panama Canal is open to shipping in 2015.

A draft environmental impact statement is expected by the summer of 2014.

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