Continuing his efforts to support the Delaware River deepening project, Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07) yesterday met with regional commanders of the United States Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the status of the project.
During the discussion, Meehan urged the Corps to ensure the final depth of the shipping channel is 45 feet -- generally considered the minimum depth required for major cargo ships to reach ports along the Delaware River. The Corps' leadership expressed optimism that adequate funding levels could be sustained through the project's completion.
"The deepening of the Delaware River is vital to the future economic prosperity of the entire Philadelphia region," said Rep. Meehan. "I'm pleased to have had the chance to meet with the Corps' leadership and reiterate to them the importance of this project to the people of Pennsylvania, and I'm encouraged by their optimism for their work with the regional delegation on this issue."
Rep. Meehan has led a bipartisan coalition in support of federal funding for the river's deepening. Meehan has urged his colleagues on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees to support federal funding of the deepening due to the positive impact it will have on the economy of the region. Rep. Meehan has been able to secure federal funding for the deepening in both FY2012 and FY2013.