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Crenshaw moves forward on Mile Point navigation project

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Updated: 7/23/2013 11:53 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw today wrote the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging that the Mile Point Navigation Project waterway reconstruction be included in the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act.

The Port of Jacksonville wants a $36 million navigation fix, known as Mile Point. On May 15, the U.S. Senate passed a bill including Mile Point and other projects.

The House is drafting companion legislation. Idf Congress passesd a bill, it would allow the Army Corps of Engineers to fix navigational hazards caused by cross-currents.

"Inclusion of the Mile Point project in the WRDA bill clears a major hurdle for one of Northeast Florida's most important job-generating projects," said Crenshaw. "The sooner that work can begin on the long-overdue removal of navigation hazards at Mile Point, the sooner Mile Point becomes a safer port to welcome large cargo container ships the region. The safe and efficient movement of cargo traffic through Mile Point is central to the current and future prosperity and is in everyone's best interest."

According to a news release, the Chiefs of Engineers Reports on Mile Point and other initiatives across the country have been completed and submitted to Congress.
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