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November 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Cleaning lock is a draining job

The lack of any water, and the sight of workers removing barnacles, were sure signs that annual maintenance is under way at the Ballard Locks. The large lock will stay closed until next Tuesday. Also, the east gates will be pulled for replacement of the pintle bearings and for inspection, cleaning and repair of the gates for the first time in 20 years. The locks provide a link for boats between the saltwater of Puget Sound and fresh water of the Ship Canal.

The large Ballard Lock has been emptied for annual maintenance. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Watch video of the cleaning.

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