Work Continues on the Chickamauga Lock

HIXSON, Tenn (WDEF) –  Work continues on the new Chickamauga Lock thanks to money that state officials say is secure.

This week, the Senate is expected to pass a bill that would provide up to $37 million to continue construction on the Chickamauga Lock.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Senator Lamar Alexander helped push this project along.

According to Senator Alexander, this was made possible by increased revenue from barge traffic, increased appropriations, and by preserving Chickamauga Lock’s status as fourth place on the priority list of national inland waterway projects.

Lt. Col. Stephen F. Murphy with the Army Corps of Engineers, says, “The existing lock does continue to down grade or degrade due to the concrete growth issues and it does have a finite life, so the sooner we get the new lock on line the better, both for the reliability of this significant navigation link, as well as to the efficiency.”

The entire projected is expected to be completed in 2023.

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