The Army Corps of Engineers has approved speeding up $62.5 million for deepening the main channel of the Delaware River for the current budget year.
The agency wants to make sure that the entire 102 mile project is done by 2017.
Most of the money will go toward dredging, blasting and rock removal on a portion just north of Edgemoor near the Philadelphia International Airport.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the schedule was moved up to make sure that contractors could meet restrictions that limit work to a December 1st through March 15th time frame.
That restriction is aimed at protecting aquatic life.
The dredging will lower the channel bottom by 5 feet to a total of 45 feet.