Alexander: Chickamauga Lock Construction Funded for Fifth Consecutive Year

Posted on November 21, 2018

Says Army Corps Work Plan includes $89.7 million for Chickamauga Lock, which is $13 million more than last year, and keeps the project on schedule

MARYVILLE, November 21, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Chickamauga Lock construction will continue for the 5th consecutive year under the work plan released today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which reflects Alexander’s priorities as chairman of the appropriations committee overseeing the agency.

“This funding will keep construction of the new Chickamauga Lock on schedule, and is the fifth consecutive year of federal funding for the project.  This is great news for East Tennessee since it will help keep up to 150,000 trucks off I-75 and keep the cost of shipping goods low for manufacturers across the state,” Alexander said. “More U.S. senators ask to increase funding for the Army Corps of Engineers than any other part of the budget. This year, Congress worked hard to provide record funding for the Corps to ensure we could keep federal lock and dam projects on track, which was important for Chickamauga Lock after the project was restarted in 2015.”

Alexander has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for recommending funding levels for the Army Corps of Engineers. This year, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law an appropriations bill that included $6.999 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers—a record funding level in a regular appropriations bill. 

According to the Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan, the $89.7 million for Chickamauga Lock will be enough to efficiently continue engineering, design, and construction of the lock, which is $13.2 million above last year. The Work Plan also includes $2.6 million, which is $475,000 above the President’s budget request, for dredging at Memphis Harbor McKellar Lake, which is good news for West Tennesseans. The Work Plan also makes full use of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund revenues, which are fees paid by those who use the waterways for water infrastructure projects, for the fifth consecutive year.

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Lamar Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee, and he serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. For his full biography, click here.