Government spending bill would fully fund Chickamauga Lock
WASHINGTON D.C. (WDEF) – Sen. Lamar Alexander says the government funding bill will fully fund construction of the Chickamauga Lock for the fourth year in a row.
The $78 million in this year’s budget is double the amount of last year.
“This bill provides $6.8 billion – a new record funding level in a regular appropriations bill – for the Army Corps of Engineers to maintain and rebuild our nation’s waterways, including up to $78 million to fully fund construction at Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year. This is great news for East Tennessee since the new lock will help keep up to 150,000 trucks off I-75 and keep the cost of shipping goods low for manufacturers across the state.” Alexander continued, “More U.S. senators ask to increase funding for the Army Corps of Engineers than any other part of the budget, so I am very glad we were able to provide record funding this year.”