CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The 70-year-old Chickamauga Lock will close for an inspection and repairs July 20 and remain shut down for about a month on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will remove water from 360-foot-long lock for an inspection.
Tennessee River Valley Association director Clive Jones said barge operators in most cases are "able to plan ahead and get their shipments early to avoid any disruptions."
The Corps of Engineers has also planned a "dewatering" of the Watts Bar Lock near Spring City from Oct. 12 through Nov. 2.
The corps is building a new lock at Chickamauga, but about $3.8 million is being spent this year on the old lock to install extra anchors and repair concrete.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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