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Locks to close for two days next week

Locks to close for two days next week

by Tim Flanagan on January 31, 2012

Deborah Bach has this announcement at Three sheets Northwest:

The Hiram M. Chittenden locks in Ballard will be closed during the day next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7.

The locks will be closed to all vessel traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, but will remain open between 6 p.m. Feb. 6 and 8 a.m. the following morning, when they will close again until 6 p.m.

The closure is needed so erosion of the small lock wall can be repaired. Water has gradually eroded an area of the wall, causing a scour, or small ditch. The scour was detected by a sonar survey in 2009, and a subsequent dive inspection also revealed a void under the small lock foundation.

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