Ballard Locks large chamber to close for annual maintenance next month

The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is scheduled to close to all marine traffic from 9 a.m. on Monday, November 7, until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 23, for annual maintenance.

The small lock will still be available for vessels less than 120 feet in length and 26 feet in width throughout the large lock maintenance period. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

This routine maintenance is necessary and important in keeping the Chittenden Locks safe and operational as the locks approach their 100-year anniversary in 2017.

Questions about the closure can be directed to Lockmasters Larry Meyer or Vickie Shepard, at 206-789-2622 ext. 230, or Public Affairs Officer Bill Dowell, at 206-764-3464.

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