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Small chamber at Ballard Locks set to re-open this Friday

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 23rd, 2014

Update:

We have just received word that the small chamber at Ballard Locks will remain closed until 5 p.m. this Friday, April 25. The chamber is not yet ready to open because of further maintenance requirements.

Foot traffic is not affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will move commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.

All pleasure craft will use the large lock, and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include long lines and fenders on board.

Current locking through information is available here . Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

Original Post, April 21:

The small chamber locks at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will remain closed to marine traffic until 5 p.m. this evening due to additional maintenance and repair requirements.

The small chamber has been closed since April 4 for crews to do annual maintenance and safety inspections. The opening was originally scheduled for April 18, at 7 p.m., however, additional work and adjustments make it necessary to delay refill and opening.

Foot traffic is not affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will move commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.

All pleasure craft will use the large lock, and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include long lines and fenders on board. Click here to check out the current locking through information.

Most machinery and equipment, including the gates and valves, are original to the 97-year-old facility. The annual closure gives dam safety experts and maintenance staff an opportunity to dry out the chambers for thorough inspections and to make necessary repairs.

This routine maintenance is necessary and important in keeping the Chittenden Locks safe and operational as the locks approach their 100-year anniversary.

Click here to find out more information about the Locks.

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