JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local congressional leaders are headed back to Washington on a mission.
Congressional leaders toured the Jacksonville Port Authority facility Monday.
They want approval on projects including the Mile Point and harbor deepening port projects.
A bill in Congress would allow deepening the harbor from 40 to 47 feet.
Leaders would also like a restriction lifted that keeps larger ships from coming into the ports two-thirds of the day.
Port officials said the projects would create jobs and economic growth.
The project would cost about a half-billion dollars.
Rep. Nick Rahall, ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said, "It just speaks volumes when I can go back to Washington and say I've seen it, I've talked to the port director and met with the port officials who are so dedicated to these projects, who have skin in the game, who are already taking steps and measures of their own."
Congressional leaders hope the bill will pass within the next few months.