Normal operations on the Black Rock canal resumed last Thursday after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported the lock between between Buffalo and Tonawanda harbors was repaired ahead of schedule, the Corps reported.
"We appreciate the navigation community's understanding while the lock gate was repaired, and the contractors for working to get the repairs done so quickly," said Adam Hamm, the Corps of Engineers district chief for operations and maintenance. "The lock has resumed normal operation."
The repairs were done "to strengthen the connection between the hydraulic ram and the lower west operating gate" at the lock, the Corps of Engineers stated.
Starting Sunday, extended lock hours began for the summer season.
They are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The extended season runs through Sept. 16.
Corps of Engineers officials said the lock also operates for commercial traffic on a 24-hour schedule but prior arrangements are required.