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July 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Ballard Locks to close part of Wednesday for inspection

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will be closed to all marine traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for a monthly saltwater-drain screen structure inspection. The inspection requires the locks be closed to all traffic but emergency vessels on emergency calls. Boaters can verify the locks are open by calling the on-duty lockmaster…

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August 11, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The first 520-bridge pontoon clears the locks; see it on time-lapse video

The first of 77 pontoons that will be used to hold up the 520 Bridge cleared the Ballard Locks Saturday evening. Officials at the state Department of Transportation say the operation went smoothly – and if you don’t believe them, they’ve got an eye-catching time-lapse video to prove it, squeezing a 45-minute venture into little more than 60 seconds. “It…

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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…

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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…

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November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Video: Annual cleaning of Ballard Locks

[do action=”brightcove”]1275260263001[/do] U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Manager Dru Butterfield explains how engineer workers scrape a year’s worth of barnacles from the locks for the safety of salmon that swim through. For more coverage of the annual Ballard Locks cleaning, check out coverage from our news partner My Ballard.

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November 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Will the 520 Bridge pontoons fit through the Ballard Locks?

With news that 33 massive pontoons are being built in Aberdeen and will be floated to Seattle when they are needed for the Highway 520 Bridge replacement, a questions arises: Will they fit through the Ballard Locks? The answer is yes. But it’s going to be a tight squeeze. The pontoons are 75 feet wide. The Locks are 80 feet across, so the pontoons…

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