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Project Update: April 25, 2012

Bridge Painting  Project Underway

The Ballard Bascule Bridge Painting projectgot underway the week of November 14, 2011.  The initial plan was for the contractor to work alternately on each side of the bridge for up to six weeks at a time until the project is completed.

However, to reduce potential confusion, the contractor continued to work on one side of the bridge, the east side, until all work on the north span under the roadway was completed.  Work has now switched to the west side so that work on the south span can begin. The contractor’s work underneath the bridge requires a traffic lane closure and adjacent sidewalk closures to deliver equipment and supplies.  The west sidewalk and one southbound lane of traffic will be closed every day unless increment weather curtails work on any given day. 

Due to bridge openings for boat traffic, and the necessity of a traffic lane closure for the bridge painting work, there will be some days and times where traffic delays will be significant.

The contractor will close the west sidewalk and one southbound lane of traffic every daythrough early May.  Another northbound lance closure and east sidewalk closure will be required for approximately two weeks in May so the constractor can finish painting steel components above the roadway deck on the south span.  However, painting work will not happen on both sides of the bridge at the same time.

In order to paint areas of the bridge that are not accessible when the spans are in the down position (open to traffic), it will be necessary to implement full bridge closures for two consecutive weekends. The full bridge closures will be from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturdays and from midnight on the same Saturdays through 6 a.m. Sunday mornings.  The work is weather-dependent and will be rescheduled in the event of rain.  Directional signs will be provided for detour routes.  These weekend closures have been scheduled for:

  • April 14-15
  • April 21-22

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Ballard Bridge Painting Project

Project Description
The Ballard Bridge Bascule project is the 2011 site in SDOT’s Annual Bridge Painting Program, an ongoing asset preservation effort that provides for the periodic painting of each of the City’s 20 structural steel bridges.  The painting will provide for enhanced aesthetic appeal as well as protect the steel bridge elements for an additional 18 years against corrosion and other weather deterioration. 

The 2011 bridge painting project is for the bascule portion of the bridge.  The north and south approaches were painted as part of the 2010 project.  The bascule is the main portion of the bridge where the roadway can be raised to allow passage for boats and ships. 

The project includes:

  • pressure washing, removing rust and damaged paint
  • applying primer paint where necessary
  • repainting all of the structural steel
  • repainting all of the exposed steel accessories to the bridge spans (e.g., stairways, ladders, catwalks, handrails, towers, doorways and utility pipes and junction boxes). Not included will be the bridge deck grating and any utility that is galvanized, asbestos-wrapped, or otherwise not painted in its existing condition.
  • matching the existing paint color (green)

Please Note:  There will be Bicycle Detours (updated 9/6/11). 

Project Schedule
The 2011 bridge painting project started in November 2011 and will be completed by the end of May 2012.

What to Expect During Construction

  • Traffic lane closures
  • Weekend bridge closures to all traffic (limited to 4 only & nighttime only)
  • Motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle detours
  • Moderate construction noise
  • Normal work hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with occasional night time and weekend work
  • Construction updates provided by SDOT during construction
  • Alternating west side/east side sidewalk closures

Project Contacts

Maribel Cruz, Project Communications Lead,, (206) 684-7963
Ron Scharf, Project Manager,, (206) 684-5192

Ballard Bridge NB

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