The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that construction materials are being delivered to the site of the new Chickamauga lock just as the project is being mothballed for lack of funding.
When the existing lock fails or has to be closed for safety reasons, which could be in the next ten years according to the article, barge traffic on the Tennessee River north of Chattanooga will stop.
Barge freight is more cost effective and way more energy efficient than trucks and even rail. This project is expensive, but the current lock has been in operation for more than seventy years.
In the recent 3rd District Congressional race, candidate Mary Headrick offered a plan to fund it based on an increased barge fuel tax that barge operators supported. Her Republican opponent, who won the election, is a "no new taxes" kind of guy who blames Obama for cutting funds for the project.
- Burchett: McIntyre needs to go (46 replies)
- New Traffic Radar Gun Will Detect When Drivers Are Texting (1 reply)
- Gordon Ball earns an 'F' from NRA (3 replies)
- The Artful Dodger: Dr. Briggs "radio silence" on Cheri Siler's invitation to debate (38 replies)
- National POW/MIA Recognition Day (2 replies)
- For theater/re lovers (1 reply)
- Redefining Scrooge (8 replies)
- High profile investor: Charter schools are a business (8 replies)
- ISIS (143 replies)
- Tennessee unemployment, poverty rates increase (1 reply)
- City of Alcoa-Sam's Club first step in New Urbanism? (7 replies)
- Discussion about new hybrid pension plan for TN educators (1 reply)
- Sep 22 2014 - 4:15pm (1 day 22 hours from now)
- Sep 23 2014 - 6:15pm (3 days 10 min from now)
- Sep 23 2014 - 7:00pm (3 days 55 min from now)
- Sep 25 2014 - 6:00pm (4 days 23 hours from now)