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Heads up if you’re headed to Ballard today – bridge testing every half-hour

April 23rd, 2013 by Laura

Ballard BridgeAccording to our contacts at SDOT, the Ballard Bridge will be undergoing electrical tests today that will result in the bridge opening and closing every half hour.

The test openings will run from now until 4pm today (Tuesday, April 23) and “may resume again at 6pm”. SDOT promises to keep the openings “as brief as possible” but they will still impact traffic to and from Ballard. Openings for boats will be coordinated with the test openings to minimize traffic delays.

SDOT advises allowing for extra time crossing the Ballard bridge or taking an alternate route.

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Ballard Bridge Northbound Lane Closure Starts Wednesday

November 6th, 2012 by Laura

Plan ahead if you’re headed to Ballard this week and next – SDOT is installing fiber optic cable, so the northbound right lane will be closed starting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7th through Friday, November 9th, 9am-3pm daily. The closures then start up again on November 13th and 14th – same lane, same times.

The pedestrian walkways will remain open, but drivers should expect increased congestion, especially at-and-after bridge openings.

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Weekend traffic alerts, lane closures & more

March 25th, 2011 by Thea

Though the weather report is predicting rain for the weekend, you never know what Seattle weather will do at the last minute. Whether it ends up being a sunny spring weekend or a cloudy one, for those who feel like roaming around town there are going to be a few areas with of lane closures and traffic congestion to avoid:

The Seattle Department of Transportation is closing the northbound right lane of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 26 while crews perform electrical work on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Drivers should expect temporary lane closures on Aurora Ave N on tomorrow. SDOT crews will be repairing the paving along Aurora, between N 47th and N 48th streets, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

The Ballard Bridge will also have lane closures throughout the day on Saturday, March 26 to accommodate SDOT crews, who will be grinding down and paving the northbound and southbound lanes at the north end of the bridge (weather permitting). The work will be taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and at least one lane will remain open in each direction.

And on Sunday, March 27 the southbound lanes of the Ballard Bridge will be blocked for most of the morning, from 6 to 10 a.m., for a commercial film shoot.

Starting on next week SDOT will be closing the southbound right lanes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct at Jackson Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 8 so that crews may repair railing that was damaged by accidents, though this work is subject to change in the event of emergency work.

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Ballard Bridge lane closures Sunday for filming

March 24th, 2011 by Thea

A warning to weekend commuters: a commercial being filmed on the Ballard Bridge this Sunday, March 27 from 6 to 10 a.m. will block the southbound lanes of the bridge for most of the morning.

“We will have the right southbound lane blocked up to the draw span and will be opening and closing the bridge several times during the shoot,” says location manager Doug du Mas. “Traffic across the bridge will be controlled by Seattle Police and people should expect delays. I suggest using the Fremont Bridge instead during these hours.”

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Ballard Bridge & Aurora closures Saturday canceled

March 11th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

You may have seen the illuminated signs announcing lane closures on the Ballard Bridge and Aurora on Saturday. The Seattle Department of Transportation has canceled the work because of an unfavorable weather forecast.

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Ballard Bridge lane closure scheduled for Saturday

February 18th, 2011 by Thea

Remember that planned closure on the Ballard Bridge last week that was canceled due to the weather? Well, the Seattle Department of Transportation has reschedule the closure for tomorrow. From SDOT:

A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will close one northbound lane on the Ballard Bridge on Saturday, February 19, if weather is favorable. The contractor expects to have the lane closed for approximately six hours sometime between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ramps and walkways to the bridge will remain open. The contractor will paint the railing on the east side of the bridge.

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Planned Ballard Bridge roadwork Saturday canceled

February 10th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced this afternoon that the lane closures on the Ballard Bridge planned for this Saturday, February 12, have been canceled “due to an unfavorable weather forecast.” Crews have tentatively planned to resume the scheduled bridge maintenance on Saturday, February 26.

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Ballard Bridge traffic slowdown on Saturday

February 9th, 2011 by Thea

The Ballard Bridge will be restricted to one lane in each direction on Saturday, February 12 from 7 a.m. until no later than 7 p.m., weather permitting, while Seattle Department of Transportation crews pave the roadway at the north end of the bridge. Ramps to the bridge and the walkways on the bridge will remain open.

Paving crews will grind the old surface and lay new asphalt on the raised portion of 15th Avenue NW above Leary Avenue NW at the north end of the Ballard Bridge. Both the northbound and the southbound lanes will be paved. The work is needed to replace the deteriorated roadway surface.

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Ballard Bridge lane closure Thursday

September 29th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

Engineers with the Seattle Department of Transportation will be inspecting the Ballard Bridge on Thursday. This means the right-hand, southbound lane of the bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sidewalk will remain open.

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Work continues on Ballard Bridge today

August 25th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

The work to install four light poles on the Ballard Bridge is taking longer than expected. Seattle Department of Transportation crews will once again close northbound curb lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expect delays coming into Ballard during the closure.

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Ballard Bridge work will continue into next week

August 20th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

The lane closure on the Ballard Bridge, which has been impacting traffic this week, will continue  into next week.

Photo courtesy the Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews have been installing brackets for light poles on the bridge. Marybeth Turner with SDOT tells us the work will continue on Friday and Monday. The curb lane in the northbound direction has closed each morning until 2 p.m.

“Four light poles are being replaced as a temporary measure until next year when all of the lighting on the bridge will be replaced,” Turner writes in a press release. “When SDOT has completed this preparatory work, Seattle City Light crews will install the four replacement poles.”

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Lane closure on Ballard Bridge today & tomorrow

August 18th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Expect extra traffic heading into Ballard today and tomorrow. Here is information from the Seattle Department of Transportation:

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) bridge crews have closed the northbound curb lane on the Ballard Bridge today, August 18, and plan to do so again tomorrow. They are installing light pole bases and today they expect to reopen the lane by 2 p.m. The sidewalk is already closed for bridge painting by a contractor working for SDOT.

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