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Chittenden Locks large chamber closes to vessel traffic Nov. 10 to Dec. 2

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks large chamber will close to marine traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Crews will conduct maintenance and safety inspections during the large chamber pump out and closure. Foot traffic may occasionally be diverted or delayed for crane operations, but pedestrians will always be able to cross. The small lock will continue round-the-clock operations, accommodating vessels less than 115 feet in length and 26 feet in width. Current information on locking through is available at http://bit.ly/BoaterInfo. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand. [Read More]
Published: Oct-26-15

Pile installation beginning at Chittenden Locks August 17

SEATTLE – A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractor will begin replacing piles at the nearly 100-year-old Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard August 17. [Read More]
Published: Aug-10-15

Chittenden Locks to close 4 hours August 14

SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic 12:30 to 4:30 a.m., August 14 for electrical upgrades. [Read More]
Published: Aug-10-15

Chittenden Locks to close 5 hours June 30 for saltwater drain inspection

SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic 8 to 11 a.m. for the small locks and an additional two hours, until 1 p.m., June 30 for a monthly saltwater drain screen structure inspection. [Read More]
Published: Jun-29-15

Drought affecting how Corps officials manage Chittenden Locks

SEATTLE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials anticipate Lake Washington’s level will drop below 20 feet this summer, the first time since October 1987, and are taking steps to conserve water during this year’s drought. [Read More]
Published: Jun-19-15

Chittenden Locks to close June 2 for salt water drain inspection

SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic 8 a.m. to noon, June 2, allowing U.S. Navy divers to inspect a saltwater drain screen structure. [Read More]
Published: Jun-01-15

Chittenden Locks pedestrian gate reroutes for maintenance beginning April 20

Concrete repairs at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks main pedestrian entrance in Ballard will mean a slight diversion beginning April 20. [Read More]
Published: Apr-16-15

Corps installing fish passage smolt flumes at Chittenden Locks in Ballard

The Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, is installing four smolt flumes in spillway gates four and five. Work begins April 14 and continues for several days. [Read More]
Published: Apr-14-15

Corps of Engineers begins Lake Washington annual summer refill Feb. 15

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will begin Lake Washington annual summer refill operations Feb. 15. Water managers are targeting a typical annual refill of the lake to 22 feet with an interim target of 21.90 feet by early May. Fill rates and target elevations vary through May based on conditions. [Read More]
Published: Feb-03-14

Chittenden Locks to close 5 hours August 28 for saltwater drain inspection

SEATTLE – The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic 8 a.m. to 1 [Read More]
Published: Aug-21-13
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