Congressman Boyle Announces Federal Funding for Delaware River Deepening
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement announcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $29.2 million dollar funding for the deepening of the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. The deepening will allow larger ships to come to and from the Delaware River ports, providing safer and more efficient transportation of goods, supporting local jobs, and adding more than $13 million to the U.S. economy.
“I was proud to help bring this critical federal investment to finalize the deepening of the Delaware River near Philadelphia over the finish line. Rebuilding and improving our infrastructure is vitally important for the growth of our economy, especially in the Northeast and Philadelphia in particular. To this end, deepening the river is essential, and it will pay dividends for years to come. Plain and simple, we need more investments like this, and I won’t stop fighting for them.”
Ports along the Delaware River already handle 100 million tons of cargo annually and support 135,000 local jobs. By allowing larger cargo ships to dock in and around Philadelphia, the project will boost these numbers even higher, generating more than $1 billion in port infrastructure investment projects, strengthening our local economy, and creating or sustaining good jobs for hardworking Pennsylvanians. The Southport marine terminal complex alone could see 4,000 new jobs. Some estimates suggest the upgrades could generate more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Congressman Boyle, a member of the House Budget Committee, led numerous requests to the Trump Administration and Appropriations Committees urging this investment. He is entering his third term in office.