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Feds Pay $1.5M for Wicomico River Dredging Project

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Wicomico River is getting $1.5 million in federal funds for a massive dredging project, after President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 into law.

Tracey Martin, who works for Chesapeake Shipbuilding, said the dredging is necessary, as the river can almost be impossible to navigate through.

"With the current state of the channel right now, it makes it very difficult for us to bid on particular jobs for larger vessels," she said.

Martin said that last year her company missed out on two major contracts because of the "poorly" dredged river.

"We actually missed on the opportunity to work on two bids. We would have been able to do the work but as far as delivering the vessels, since they were larger vessels we wouldn't be able to deliver them out of the area," she said.

But that is about to change.

Engineers will dredge a channel from the Chesapeake Bay to Salisbury 14 feet deep and 150 feet wide.

Salisbury City Council President Jake Day welcomed the news of the dredging project.

"Salisbury is Maryland's second largest port, second busiest port," he said. "But to see Salisbury right there on the list for the river, our port and our airport makes me very happy.

Day said he hopes the dredging project will clear the way for a local economic boost in Salisbury.

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