The large lock at the Chittenden Locks in Ballard will open Thursday Oct. 14 on a limited basis, due to the need to manually operate the large lock, which experienced an electrical outage from a lightning strike Oct. 11.
At this time, there will be two lockages daily — one beginning at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. Both lockages will include an up and then down lockage or vice versa, depending on the flow of the traffic. Vessels entering the Locks from Lake Washington require lowering the water. Vessels entering the Locks from Puget Sound require raising the water.
Lockages will be done on a priority basis. The barges and freighters on scheduled runs will get a one per lockage priority. The next priority will go to all other commercial vessels. If there are no other commercial vessels, another barge and freighter could be included.
If there is room, recreational vessels that need the large lock will be allowed to use it. All other recreational vessels will be put on standby for the small lock.
To get on the waiting list, boaters are asked to call the Lockmaster at 206-783-7000.
The maintenance crew continues the assessment and repairs to the large lock to restore it to full service, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the locks.
As more information on the large lock status becomes available, updates will be posted on the Corps of Engineers information line at 1-866-596-2635