Sen. Alexander Will Push For Barge Fuel Tax Hike to Revive Work on Stalled Chickamauga Lock Oct 15, 2014 - Times Free Press Construction of a new Chickamauga Lock could be revived next year if Congress includes an industry-backed plan to raise the fuel tax on barges as part of the spending measures set to be reviewed next month when legislators return to Washington after the Nov. 4 elections. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he plans to push for such a fuel tax increase and try to attach it to whatever spending bill he can in the final days of the 113th Congress. Alexander said such a "user fee," as he calls the higher fuel tax, would pump needed funds in the Inland Waterways Trust Fund. Without more money in the trust fund, the Army Corps of Engineers probably won't have enough funds to restart work next year on the $680 million replacement lock at the Chickamauga Dam, which ran out of money two years ago after the Corps had spent about $200 million on the project.
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