The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily closed the 103-year-old Black Rock Lock in Buffalo to commercial and recreational traffic after the lower east transverse gate anchorage failed Tuesday evening during a routine lockage.
Crews for the next 48 hours will evaluate the damage and come up with a repair plan, the agency said in a release Wednesday.
"We understand this temporary closure will impact recreational and commercial traffic, but it is necessary to ensure everyone's safety, and to prevent further damage to the structure," said Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski of the Buffalo district. "We will use all of the resources at our disposal to lessen the impact to navigation as much as possible, and will provide updates as we get more information."
For more information about the lock, go to www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Black-Rock-Lock/.