Chickamauga Dam project locks up: Material ready for new lock but money short for $693 million project
By Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio
CHATTANOOGA (TIMES FREE PRESS) - Two years after the money ran out on a new lock for the Chickamauga Dam, key components for the new and bigger lock are still being delivered for the Chattanooga project with funds from the 2009 federal stimulus package.
Barges recently delivered 126 precast concrete sections that will form the walls of the new Chickamauga lock, provided that Congress finds a way to find another $510 million to complete the stalled project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that is building the new lock, said the concrete sections will be disassembled for storage at a TVA site on Watts Bar lake. C. J. Mahan Construction Co., one of three major contractors awarded work as part of $52 million provided to the Chickamauga Lock from the federal stimulus bill, will soon complete its phase of the $693 million project, officials said Friday.