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Shenanigans at the Locks

9.6.2019 - The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks large chamber is limited to half lockages because of an emergent power outage. Maintenance crews are working to restore power and lock wall crews are working to get vessels through as efficiently as possible. Until officials provide notice of full large lock operation, vessels longer than 375 feet should contact the tower before heading to the locks.

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks small chamber is also closed to marine traffic, with reopening possible by September 13. Operators removed the small lock from operation September 4 to make needed unscheduled repairs.

All vessels will use the large lock and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include 50-foot-long lines and fenders on board. Current locking through information is available at https://go.usa.gov/xV9qs. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

Nearly all recreational vessels can transit through the large lock, with the exception of un-motorized vessels, such as kayaks, canoes, rowboats, which won’t be able to lock through until the small lock re-opens. Most machinery and equipment, including gates and valves, are original to the 100-year-old facility. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns and operates the Chittenden Locks. The busiest in the nation, nearly 50,000 vessels lock through each year.

9.3.2019 - Both large and small locks will close to all marine traffic eight hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 18 to inspect and open a saltwater drain screen structure. The large lock will close again to all marine traffic eight hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 19 for sill and pump discharge inspections in preparation for the large lock dewatering outage in October. Read more at: https://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1950414/chittenden-locks-to-close-september-18-and-19/

Fairview Ave N Bridge Replacement Project
One substantial change to previous information: the work to install overhead wires along Fairview Ave N has been postponed to the weekend of September 14 - 15. 

Fairview Ave N bridge will close as early as September 23 - The Fairview Ave N bridge will be closed as early as September 23 and will remain closed for approximately 18 months. During construction, the bridge will close to all through traffic including people walking and biking. The floating walkway adjacent to the bridge will close as soon as September 23 and will remain closed for the duration of construction. Local access will be maintained for businesses north & south of the closed bridge. 

September 14 – 15: Fairview Ave N from Eastlake Ave E to Yale Ave N - To prepare for the bridge closure and the King County Metro Route 70 detour (details below), crews will install temporary overhead wires along Fairview Ave N between Yale Ave N and Eastlake Ave E. This work will start on Saturday, September 14, at 4:30 AM and continue through Sunday, September 15, at 11:59 PM unless it is completed prior to that. What to expect along Fairview Ave N between Eastlake Ave E and Yale Ave N:
•  All public parking on the west side of street will be unavailable as a safety precaution because crews will be installing overhead wires. No Park signs will be set up 72 hours in advance of the work.
•  The sidewalk will be closed, and detours will be in place. Flaggers will assist people walking.
•  The southbound curb lane will be closed to traffic.
•  Driveway access will be maintained, but there may be short intermittent closures as work progresses through the driveway areas.

September 7 – 8 and September 14 – 15: Eastlake Ave E and Aloha St - In preparation for the bridge closure, crews are installing a new traffic signal at Eastlake Ave E and Aloha St. In order to complete the signal work prior to the bridge closure, crews will work on Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, from 9 AM to 4 PM. If the work is not completed on September 7 and 8, crews will continue the work on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15. What to expect at the intersection of Eastlake Ave E and Aloha St:
•  Several parking spaces on the west side of Eastlake Ave E near Aloha St will be closed to provide space for staging of contractor materials and equipment.
•  Pedestrian detours will be in place and will shift to accommodate the work.

King County Metro Route 70 detour
King County Metro Route 70, which regularly runs along Fairview Ave N, will be detoured around the bridge closure. Beginning on September 23, Route 70 will travel along Eastlake Ave E via Aloha St to Fairview Ave N. Temporary bus stops will be located on Eastlake Ave E:
•  The northbound bus stop will be located on Eastlake Ave E near the signalized crosswalk and overhead walkway between Ward St and E Nelson Place.
•  The southbound stop will be located at the existing bus shelter on Eastlake Ave E near the staircase that connects to Ward St.
The best way to stay informed about Metro rerouting is to check the King County Metro Rider Alerts.

Aloha St construction activities continue
Construction activities along Aloha St are progressing and will continue over the next 2 weeks. This work is necessary to prepare for the bridge construction and closure which is planned for as early as September 23.

There will be traffic control on Eastlake Ave E with flaggers present to direct traffic during working hours. Aloha St will be open to traffic, and local access will be provided to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Travelers should find alternate routes during this time. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Bridge closure detour map:

 Thank you, Fairview Outreach Team 
fairviewbridge@seattle.gov | www.seattle.gov/transportation/fairviewbridge.htm | (206) 775-8715

That's all for now,
Sarah
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