Alexander, Frist Announce Full Funding For Chick Lock

Senators to attend groundbreaking in Chattanooga this weekend

Posted on June 16, 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Senate Energy and Water appropriations bill includes $10 million for Chickamauga Lock. Frist and Alexander will join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) at the groundbreaking ceremony for the replacement Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga on Friday, June 18, 2005. “This is great news for the state of Tennessee,” said Frist. “The Chickamauga Lock plays a vital role in the economy of East Tennessee and beyond. This critical funding will ensure that Chickamauga Lock remains a linchpin to commerce and greatly improves its capabilities. I’m pleased with the work of the Army Corps of Engineers. This lock has been a priority of mine and Senator Alexander’s and we will continue to fight for full funding throughout the budgeting process.” “The Chickamauga Lock is a gateway to upper East Tennessee for all of the commercial and recreational traffic on the Tennessee River,” said Alexander. “This investment will help advance the state’s economy by creating a larger, faster route for East Tennessee goods to be shipped. Senator Frist and I are pleased that TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers are working on this project, and we are proud that Congress is providing the necessary funding.” The initial construction effort will begin this summer with the relocation of Lake Resort Drive and some utility relocations. Full construction of the new lock is scheduled to begin in 2008. Once construction is complete, the new 110-foot by 600-foot lock will cut the average time spent in the lock for a 15-barge commercial tow from 16 hours to around 2 1/2 hours. Recreational users will receive benefits from the decreased wait times. The Corps of Engineers will host the public celebration of the start of construction at 1 p.m. at Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga on Friday, June 18, 2005.