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Today, a South Carolina man wants to revisit the issue -- and has asked the Army Corps of Engineers for a $300,000 feasibility study.

"What we'd like to do is create a shipping terminal below Augusta and put it on both sides of the river," said David Whetsell, the retired president of Whetsell Carrier Co. of Lexington, S.C.

Mr. Whetsell envisions a huge inland shipping port that would sprawl across 1,500 acres on each side of the river below New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

"It would be a container-on-barge service," he said, and would move as many as 2,000 units daily from the crowded ports in Savannah and Charleston.

Once in Augusta, the cargo could be trucked to destinations such as Atlanta for less than it costs from the coast, he said.

Plan proposes shipping on river

This could bring thousands of jobs

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I thought the economics behind inland ports like this had proven unsuccessful, which is why most cities on the fall line no longer have ports associated with them. Its also interesting because they recently tried to do this type of thing in Orangeburg County, SC and it never got off the ground, partially because it was going to use the old SC canal system. Don't get me wrong though, I'd like to see this happen.

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