HOUSTON (AP) _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted permission to dredge two links to the Houston Ship Channel to make way for bigger ships.



The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that the Port of Houston Authority plans to deepen and widen the waterways connecting its container terminals to the ship channel.



The Port of Houston Authority four years ago began preparing to ask the Corps for permission to dredge those 40-foot-deep channels so they would match the ship channel depth. The 52-mile ship channel is about 45 feet deep, after a major deepening and widening project finished in 2005.



The authority announced this week that the Corps had issued permits for the Bayport and Barbours Cut projects, pushing the depth to 45 feet.



Work starts later this month.