Vice President Biden visits Charleston port to stress importance of country’s infrastructure

  • Monday, September 16, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Port of Charleston on Monday. Biden was visiting Charleston with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to stress the need to modernize the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Charleston is pursuing a more than $300 million harbor deepening project. AP PHOTO/BRUCE SMITH

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Vice President Joe Biden says continued investment in infrastructure is a big win not just for local communities, but the entire nation.

Biden spoke Monday during a visit to the port in Charleston, S.C., along with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The two visited a port terminal in nearby Mount Pleasant and spoke with longshoremen before speaking to a crowd of about 300 on the docks.

Charleston is working on a harbor deepening project expected to cost more than $300 million. Biden says he didn’t want to short circuit the study but said he knows what the results will be — that the harbor should be deepened.

Later, Biden traveled to Savannah, Ga., to visit the port there. The ports of Charleston and Savannah are in keen competition. Both are pursuing projects to deepen their harbor shipping channels to handle a new generation of larger containerships.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that all field studies for the Charleston deepening project, expected to cost more than $300 million, are complete.

Last week, the vice president visited the Port of Baltimore. There he discussed a $10 million grant to help that port widen a shipping channel and increase storage capacity.

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