CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - It has taken nearly thirty years, but the Port of Corpus Christi is applauding President Trump Tuesday for proposing in next year's budget a partial funding to the Corpus Christi ship channel improvement project.
The Port asked for $60 million but only received $13 million.
"This is a great day for us. We've had a long time that we've been working on this project and to finally see the president support this project is something that we're excited about, Sean Strawbridge said.
The project will widen the Port to 530 feet which will allow for two way barge traffic and will also deepen the channel to 54 feet for bigger ships.
Port of Corpus Christi has been seeking $60 million from the federal government for the project expected to cost around $327 million.
"While we're in the president's budget which is a great thing for us, we're certainly disappointed at the funding level. Unfortunately, there are cuts all across the federal government's budget, and infrastructure is not immune from that," Strawbridge said
According to Strawbridge, the Port will make up the difference.
"The 13 million dollars is 47 million dollars shy of what our requested funding was, and so the port will likely provide that 47 million dollar shortfall," Strawbridge said.
The president is encouraging public, private partnerships to make up the difference and Strawbridge said he hopes to accomplish that when the new Harbor Bridge is completed.
"Over the course of the next four years we need to find 225 million of federal money to fund the Army Corps of Engineers responsible portion of the project," Strawbridge said
Strawbridge hopes to have dredging beginning later this summer starting in the outer harbor.
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