Ottawa Locks station reopens after repairs dock boaters in river

The Ottawa Locks station on the Rideau Canal has reopened as of 9 a.m. ET on Thursday after workers fixed an issue in downtown Ottawa.
Boats were lined up in the Ottawa River waiting to enter the Rideau Canal as workers repaired a broken lock. (CBC)

The Ottawa Locks station on the Rideau Canal has reopened after a technical issue had to be fixed overnight.

The station reopened at 9 a.m. ET after the wooden heel post, which acts as a hinge for the lock, cracked.

The post had to be reinforced with steel overnight, said Scott Tweedie, associate director for the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

On Thursday morning, 20 boats on the Rideau Canal and seven boats on the Ottawa River were docked waiting for the locks to reopen.

In June, the federal government announced nearly $40 million for several Rideau Canal infrastructure projects, including the rehabilitation of bridges, dams and locks.

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