Heads up if you’re headed to Ballard today – bridge testing 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.
Ballard Bridge Northbound Lane Closure Starts Wednesday
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.
Weekend traffic alerts, lane closures & more
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.
Ballard Bridge lane closures Sunday for filming
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.”
Ballard Bridge & Aurora closures Saturday canceled
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.
Ballard Bridge lane closure scheduled for Saturday
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.