Reminder: Locks closed this morning for saltwater drain inspection

The Ballard Locks will be closed for five hours today for another saltwater drain inspection. The Locks will be closed to all marine traffic between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in order complete the inspections.

From the Army Corps of Engineers:

U.S. Navy divers from Naval Base Kitsap will finish inspecting welds and pressure washing the screen, items they didn’t have time to complete during the July 17, 5-hour closure. The structure, immediately upstream of the locks, prevents salmon from entering the locks’ saltwater return intake. The divers, closed 10, 10-foot-by-6-foot doors and inspected the 30-by-60 foot curved-front, mesh screen structure June 6. Monthly inspections are required until the doors are opened mid-September.

The Locks will be closed to all but emergency vessels on emergency calls during the inspections. Boaters can call the lockmaster on duty at 206-783-7000 to verify the locks are open.

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