Waterfront repairs will pause for Ironman, resume in June
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
The City of Chattanooga is putting a pause on repair work to the 21st Century Waterfront beginning this week.
The project had an original deadline of May 1 but it was extended to May 14. Now the deadline will have be extended even later, with about a month break beginning Friday.
The waterfront began eroding and gradually sinking into the Tennessee River years ago. Repair work began late last year to restore the riverfront.
But the city wants to workers to pack up and leave the Waterfront by the end of this week to make room for the Ironman 70.3 Sunday and Riverbend in early June.
Public Works Administrator Lee Norris said the work is behind because of the extremely rainy spring.
"The contractor has worked real good with the staff getting this done. He wants to get through this as fast as everyone else does," Norris said. "Hang in there. It will be repaired and when it's repaired, it's going to stay repaired."
The workers will return June 20 to continue making repairs to the Waterfront. For the past five months, they've been stabilizing the soil by driving big sheets of steel beneath the foundation.