By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers is meeting with the public to discuss the half-billion dollar deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel.
The corps announced earlier this month that it is proposing deepening the inner harbor shipping channel to a depth of 52 feet to handle a new generation of larger container ships.
The corps holds a public meeting in Charleston on Tuesday to answer questions on its draft environmental impact statement on the project.
The price tag of $509 million is higher than the original estimate of about $350 million. Officials say that's because the original projection was based on a 50-foot channel depth. More rock will have to be removed at the channel entrance, increasing the price of the project.