SC delegation says harbor project gets funds

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The federal government will spend $150,000 this year to continue a study on deepening Charleston Harbor.

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Tim Scott said during a news conference Tuesday that the funding will move the Charleston project forward for the rest of this year.

But the delegation will have to find a way to allocate $1.2 million for the project in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Charleston is looking to deepen the port in part because the widening of the Panama Canal will allow larger ships to call.

The total cost of the project is estimated at about $300 million.

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