CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press)-- After seven years of construction, federal funding for one of Chattanooga's biggest building projects has been shut off before work is even half completed.

Within the next couple of months, work will halt on the $630 million effort to replace and enlarge the crumbling Chickamauga lock on the Tennessee River.

To revive the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project and retain a channel for river commerce in East Tennessee, Congress must revamp how such projects are financed and buck political pressure against extra federal spending.

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