Congressman Boyle announces federal funding for Delaware River deepening

Justin Udo
December 14, 2018 - 8:57 pm
Delaware River / Ben Franklin Bridge
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A major project on the Delaware River is getting some much needed capital to help it reach its goals.

For years, developers have worked on the deepening of the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. 

"For the Delaware River, being able to go from 40 feet to the new 45 feet is absolutely critical to the ability of our region to compete with other regions," said Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle.

Boyle says thanks to political posturing, the project that is about 85 percent done was halted.

"There had been an unfortunate delay originating from the White House,"  he explained.

Boyle says he worked to help free up $29 million for the project, which he hopes will be completed in the next year. 

"The South Port Terminal Complex alone could see an additional 4,000 new jobs," the congressman said. "Some estimates suggest 6,000 direct and indirect jobs, as a result of the deepening."

Boyle adds those jobs are sustainable positions that will help make a real difference.