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Workers attend to the damaged Ballard small lock’s west gate pedestrian walkway in Seattle which sustained damage Sunday after a boat struck it this weekend. A section of handrail dangles as workers work to remove damaged parts.(Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

 

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. | Work began this morning to repair portions of the small lock at the Ballard locks after a boat hit the west gate Sunday.

 

Bill Dowell, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that the small lock is closed while crews make inspections.

 

”Right now it looks like surface damage on the personnel walkway,” Dowell said, adding that “if it’s just surface damage it could reopen today.”

 

Dowell said the Spirit of 76 hit the gate about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 

“The captain reported a malfunction and could not put it in reverse,” Dowell said this morning.

 

The gate appeared to be holding and not leaking water, Dowell said.

 

The lock remains closed as repair work continues.

 

Small boats can use the large lock, Dowell noted, but the closure could mean delays for some vessels.

 

According to the Spirit of 76 website, the 60-foot boat is a “party venue” that can be rented for business or social outings.