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Locks to be closed Monday morning

Posted by Geeky Swedes on May 30th, 2009

The Ballard Locks will be closed to boaters for much of Monday morning and possibly on Tuesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers is sending divers down to check on the “Adult Salmon Exclusion Structure” that was installed last year to prevent Chinook salmon from getting snagged in the locks’ water system. Both the large lock and small lock will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday morning and again on Tuesday, if needed. The only exception will be for emergency vessels.

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4 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 sleestak // May 30, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    But, but b-b-b-b-but what will Francis P Merryweather the Third, Esq. do with his 500 mile long yacht?

    In his honor, i'll play nothing but Yacht Rock.

    Bring on some Loggins, Cross, Hall n Oates and more!

  • 2 Melissa // May 30, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    this is probably a really stupid question, but will people still be able to walk over the Lock's & to Magnolia?

  • 3 Ballard_Sucks_Now // May 30, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Unless the Army Corps or Engineers are planning to drain Lake Washington, yes, you should still be able to walk across. If both sets of locks were left open, the water on the east side of the locks – which is about 20 feet higher than sea level – would all come gushing through until it equalized, so they always need to leave one end of both locks “closed” to hold back the water (and allow pedestrians across). Draining Lake Washington down to sea level might be interesting to watch, but I think it would cause a few problems…

    Now, it's possible that they may restrict foot traffic across the locks briefly, but I don't see any reason why they would need to do that. People walking across shouldn't have any effect on divers in the water below.

  • 4 demian // Jun 1, 2009 at 3:19 am

    very nice response.

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