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The Georgia Ports Authority has outlined a series of harbor, road and rail improvements that it aims to make in coming years to attract more container traffic and accommodate the growth.
The priority project is to deepen the Savannah harbor, according to Doug J. Marchand, the GPA's executive director, who outlined the improvement projects during his annual State of the Port speech Thursday.
Marchand said the environmental studies, mitigation modeling and economic analysis required for the deepening will be completed and ready for public comment early next year. He said the project was the largest and most expensive civil works project the local community had ever undertaken.
Marchand also outlined a series of "last-mile projects," or road, rail and bridge projects that must be completed to move cargo those last critical miles to and from the waterfront. "[These] projects must be completed if we hope to keep the supply chain and supply of new jobs and economic opportunities flowing our way," Marchand said.
The largest project is the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Extension, a 2.9-mile roadway between the existing parkway and State Route 307 that would provide direct access to the port for existing distribution centers, as well as proposed distribution center development in the area, eliminating further congestion on State Route 21.