Alexander Tells Congress: “Support Plan That Completes Chickamauga Lock by 2015 Instead of Closing It in 2018”

“It would be unimaginable if we had to close the lock, which is a major transportation artery for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Nuclear Weapons National Security Complex at Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority.” – Lamar Alexander

Posted on May 6, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said today during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which he is a member, that he supports the recommendations of the Inland Marine Transportation System Capital Investment Strategy Team (White Paper Working Group) that would prioritize Army Corps of Engineers’ projects and improve the Corps’ ability to deliver projects on time and on budget.  Alexander said that if the plan were adopted, Chickamauga Lock would be completed by 2015.

“Your recommendation has my full support because it would help the Chickamauga Lock be completed by 2015,” Alexander told Matt Woodruff, a member of the White Paper Working Group who submitted the recommendations. “It would be unimaginable if we had to close the lock, which is a major transportation artery for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Nuclear Weapons National Security Complex at Oak Ridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority.”

Alexander continued, “The new lock will hold 6.7 million tons of cargo annually. It will take 100,000 tractor trailers off the road. So, Chickamauga Lock is tremendously important to our region. Finishing it would be a better use of taxpayers’ dollars and it would help create jobs in our country.”