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Chatt. Chamber CEO calls barge an eye sore, safety hazard

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The undeveloped and dilapidated barge tied to the Northshore continues to be an eyesore as Chattanooga's biggest riverfront festival approaches. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press The undeveloped and dilapidated barge tied to the Northshore continues to be an eyesore as Chattanooga's biggest riverfront festival approaches. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The President of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has reached out to the United Stated Army Corps to try to get rid of the infamous dilapidated barge moored in downtown Chattanooga.

Ron Harr reached out to the Corps asking them to expedite the process in order to get rid of what he says is not only an eye sore, but a safety hazard.

Harr is not the first person to reach out to the Army Corps regarding the barge. Mayor Andy Berke wrote to them calling the barge unacceptable, and Senator Corker too wrote to them urging the Corps to revoke the permit.

READ MORE | Mayor Berke urges U.S. Corps of Engineers to take action on dilapidated barge

Harr states the permit for the barge was suspended May 15 due to the fact that the barge was larger than the permit allowed.

READ MORE | Corker writes to Army Corps regarding river barge

He also pointed out that due to recent heavy rains, the barge may also be a safety hazard.

"Recently, torrential rains and near flooding conditions have caused much faster than normal river flow. The one remaining piling that moors the barge is tilted at a dangerous angle. The poor condition of the barge and its moorings appear to create a hazardous condition for vital commerce on the river and possibly for Oligati Bridge which carries thousands of trucks and cars in and out of the city every day," Harr writes.

He goes on to ask the Corps to encourage the Corps to expedite to violation processing and move the barge to a less conspicuous and less dangerous location.

The barge was moved to Chattanooga four years ago from Pennsylvania with the plans to turn it into a restaurant.

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