By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The opening of South Carolina's inland port has been delayed because relentless rains in the Upstate have slowed construction.
South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said Tuesday the inland port in Greer will likely open sometime in October. It had been scheduled for opening around Labor Day, but Newsome said weeks of rain have delayed work. The agency broke ground earlier this year.
It will provide a direct rail link to Charleston port facilities. It's also expected to reduce the number of tractor-trailer trucks traveling busy Interstate 26 between the Upstate and the coast.
Also Tuesday, the board was told container volume though the South Carolina ports increased by about 9 percent during the fiscal year that ended last month.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.