City Approves Budget For $473 Million In Capital Projects Over 5 Years Including $1 Million For New Zoo African Exhibit

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The City Council has approved a new five-year capital projects budget with $473 million in spending, including $1 million for a new African exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.

One critic of the Zoo funding told the council it will require moving the Powerhouse gym that provides workout space at low rates.

The spread sheet shows $68 million for transportation, $53 million for public works, $22.1 million for economic and community development, $13.5 million for general government and CARTA, and $10.2 million for youth and family development.

An Alton Park Riverwalk Connector is included at $1.2 million. It is to go along an old railroad bed across Broad Street and under South Market.

Cleanup of the old Lupton City mill site is $1.5 million.

There is $500,000 for the South Chickamauga Creek Cromwell Connector and $1,310,000 for the South Chickamauga Creek Youngstown Connector. The budget has $400,000 for the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway.

The city is committing $1 million to Erlanger's new Children's Hospital and $1 million to the Tivoli Foundation for capital needs.

The budget includes $250,000 for the Fallen Five Memorial and $100,000 for the Ed Johnson Monument.

There is $400,000 for the Holmberg Bridge Replacement and $12.9 million for work on the Walnut Street Bridge.

Spending includes $7.5 million for improvements on the Third and Fourth Street Corridor and $1 million at Patten Parkway, along with $3 million for a Patten Parkway detention facility.

It is planned to spend $640,000 on conversion of one-way streets to two way.

The budget includes $1,846,000 for the Manufacturers, Hamm Road improvements.

There is $16.1 million for a blower replacement at the Moccasin Bend Sewage Treatment Plant, $11 million for South Chickamauga Creek rehab and $10 million for South Chickamauga Creek storage.

The budget has $40 million for three wet weather storage projects.




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