With a project vital to the Philadelphia port’s future at stake, it’s good to see that at least along the Delaware River, politics ebbs for some at the water’s edge. Thanks to bipartisan efforts at both the state and federal level, nearly $63 million likely will flow over the next two years to advance the five-foot deepening of the river’s 102-mile channel.
The budget that President Obama announced Monday contained $31 million toward the work being directed by the Army Corps of Engineers — a landmark dredging effort that will enable bigger ships to reach the docks in the city and along the Camden waterfront. That follows Gov. Corbett’s smart move in September to direct another $15 million to the dredging, bringing Harrisburg’s share to more than 10 percent of the $300 million project.
The Army Corps of Engineers, meanwhile, recently announced that it will add $16.9 million this year for work along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Penn’s Landing and Essington. That work will begin over the summer, building on work started in 2010.
With the president’s announcement, most of the area’s congressional delegation — including two Pennsylvania Democrats, Sen. Robert P. Casey and Rep. Robert A. Brady, and the state’s Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, as well as Delaware Democratic Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons — get to take a bow.