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Bridge Reopening Delay

The railway bridge near the Seattle locks will reopen four days later than expected, due to construction and weather-related delays.

The Burlington North Santa Fe railway bridge has been closed since Nov. 10 for a major overhaul of its lifting system. It was expected to reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 24. But BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said the bridge still instead reopen at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. The work has gone a bit slower than expected, Melonas said, partly due to weather.

“BNSF apologizes about the delay,” he said.

The bridge, built in 1913, is undergoing a $5-million restoration to replace major components and bearings that power its lifting mechanism. The closure effectively prevents some boats, particularly sailboats, from crossing under the bridge, which has a clearance of 43 feet at a 10-foot tide.

The large lock at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is also closed, for annual maintenance, and is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24. Power to the large lock was knocked out by a lightning strike last month, but the repairs are expected to be completed when the lock reopens.

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