- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HIXSON, Tenn. (AP) - The Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River has been temporarily shut down by a gate failure.

The Army Corps of Engineers told The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/1nNrCay ) it could take up to three weeks before the lock in the Chickamauga Dam reopens.

The unexpected shut down of the lock occurred around 5 p.m. Monday and has shut off through traffic by commercial and recreational boats in Chattanooga.

The Chickamauga Lock was originally constructed in the 1930s. It suffers from concrete growth in the rock aggregate of the lock chamber. The Corps has had to install extra anchors and support systems.

The Corps has spent nearly $200 million on a new lock, but the agency estimates it will cost nearly $500 million more to finish it.


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

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