A 25-year-old test track has a new pair of owners.
The Tennessee Valley Authority today turned over its one-mile, oval track near the Chickamauga Dam to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI) in Chattanooga. UTC Chancellor Roger Brown said the 52-acre complex off Amnicola Highway should help UTC’s engineering college attract more students and enhance its research capabilities.
Steve Leach, Chattanooga’s public works administrator and chairman of ATTI, said the property transfer “is a great opportunity to recover this lost jewel” at a time of increased focus on new forms of transportation.
TVA built the track with $500,000 of federal funds in 1981 as part of the utility’s early research into electric-powered cars. TVA suspended its research into electric vehicles in 1988.
See tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press for full coverage.