Corps of Engineers closes Willamette Falls Locks

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WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) -- The Corps of Engineers says the Willamette Falls Locks are closed indefinitely.

A spokesman for the corps' Portland division, Scott Clemans, told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/xlYuYh ) the agency doesn't have the money to make needed repairs.

The 138-year-old locks had been operating one day a month. They were shut down last week because corrosion left some of the gates near failure.

The closure stranded two dredges, three tugboats and four barges owned by Wilsonville Concrete Products on the upper portion of the Willamette River.

The locks were built in 1873. They have seven gates and four chambers to raise or lower vessels around Willamette Falls at West Linn.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com