It’s been brought to our attention that the large Ballard Lock will be closed through November 20th for it’s annual maintenance, so those big boats will have to find an alternative route between Lake Washington and Puget Sound for the next two weeks.
According to Komo news, vessels smaller than 115 ft long and 26 ft wide can use the small lock in the next few weeks during the closure. The BNSF Railroad Bridge near the locks will also be closed through November 18th for repairs, so boat operators of tall mast boats who aren’t able to use the small lock will not be able to pass through this route either. For more information about the Ballard Locks and upcoming closures, visit the City of Seattle website.
While I was at the Ballard Market enjoying the sunshine yesterday afternoon, the hot topic of discussion seemed to be the boater accident at the Ballard Locks! Sometime around 1:30pm yesterday a boat crashed into the west gate of the locks and caused enough damage to shut down that portion of the locks for the time being.
The Seattle Times reported that repairs began this morning and that it appeared to be mostly surface damage on a walkway; luckily there were no pedestrians on it when the boat crashed into it. According to the Times, the boat that crashed was the Spirit of 76 and the driver reported a malfunction and could not put the boat in reverse. The dock will remain closed this morning as repairs are being done, smaller boats can use the larger dock, but it might cause some back up for vessels in the area.