- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Work on a project to stop Chattanooga’s waterfront from sinking begins this week.

Public Works Administrator Lee Norris told The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/12E1fKq) that work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and be completed by May.

The Tennessee River has leaked into the foundation soil under Ross’s Landing, washing away parts of it. Sections of the waterfront have sunk 6 inches since it was completed in 2005.

Work crews will be tasked with driving metal sheets into the bedrock in an effort to stop further erosion of the foundation under the waterfront.

Norris says city officials will keep up with repairs as they are being done.

“We are doing all of that inspection in-house now; we will have our own inspectors going to look at the project along the way,” Norris said.

In addition, HDR Engineering designed the $5.7 million repair project and will provide engineering services through its completion.

Smith Contractors, which will do the work, has experience working underwater.

“That’s their forte, working in the water. They have worked all over the Mississippi River,” he said.

The repairs and an expansion for the $120 million waterfront were initially estimated at $9 million.

“We down-scoped most of that. The other money was for additional projects,” Norris said.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com


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