Laura Lee is one of ten thousand that will paddle the Tennessee River this weekend.

The course is beautiful, but nothing beats the crowd.

“I love whenever we can look at people from all over along the race course,” said Lee.

And after being closed for other events, a big section of steps at the Riverfront is now repaired.  

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“The city has been replacing the old state concrete stadium seating, with new concrete stadium seating,” said Doug BeVille, Assistant Director, Head of the Hooch.

Chattanooga’s 21st century Waterfront opened in 2005 with a price tag of $120-million.

Less than a decade later it began to sink into the river.

Taxpayers have paid $9 million in repairs. And as of Thursday, part of the construction fence is down.

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“The city worked with us and the contractor, both were very accommodating to try to finish up certain parts of it, that they could release to us for use, for this weekend for head of the hooch,” said BeVille.

Channel 3 spoke to Lee Norris with Department of Public Works by phone Thursday. He tells Channel 3 the project was supposed to be finished by Riverbend, and he's ready for the delays to end.

“Contractors have been working hard, been working diligently. We still have some work to do, but we are light years ahead of where we were this time last year,” said Norris.

The project is expected to be complete January 2016.

The tab for the repair sits at about $7.3 million.