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.