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June 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Small Ballard Lock reopens to boat traffic

The small lock at Chittenden Locks is now open to vessel traffic, but the nearby walkway will remain closed to pedestrians for about two more weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday.

Pedestrians can still use the east gate walkway.

The lock was damaged June 10 when a malfunctioning 60-foot boat ran into the walkway, which protects the gates. Though engineers said the gates were functioning as designed after the accident, repairs were made just in case, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release. There still might be short, intermittent closures in the next few weeks to make additional repairs and inspections of the gates, said the release.

“Safety is our primary concern, and we will re-inspect the gates on a routine basis to identify any signs of distress from the incident,” said Mike Likavec, a structural engineer for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a statement.

Final costs of repairs are not yet available, but following an inspection on June 11, Corps officials estimated the damage at $10,000 to $20,000, said .

 

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