NR 14-031: Chickamauga Lock closes for maintenance

Published Oct. 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2014) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District closed Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic yesterday after a routine inspection revealed that the anchorage of the upper gate requires immediate repair.  The closure is expected to last approximately three weeks.

Chickamauga Lock is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority but maintained and operated by the Nashville District.  It is located at Tennessee River Mile 385.8 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Jeff Ross, Nashville District Navigation Branch chief, said the anchorage assembly has to be removed to allow for a more complete inspection of the area before repair plans are finalized. 

“The Corps will begin repairs as soon as possible after its evaluation is completed,” Ross said. “I am well aware of the impacts this closure has on commercial and recreational vessels moving up and down the Tennessee River.  We are moving as quickly as possible to address the situation.”

Questions about the status of the closure should be addressed to the Navigation Branch at 615-736-5607 or the Chickamauga lockmaster at 423-875-6230.

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Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 14-031