Ballard Bridge Seismic Retrofit: Past Project Updates
November 7, 2012
On Top of Bridge Deck: The replacement of the bridge lighting by City crews has been completed, however installation of fiber optic cable will require the right-hand lane in the northbound direction to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th. The sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the bridge.
On Land: Work is proceeding under the bridge on the north side, performed from scaffolding erected north of Shilshole Avenue NW / NW 45th Street. Placement of the scaffolding has required a slight shift of the pedestrian walkways, and a consolidation of the bicycle and vehicular lanes in this area, but no detours or lane closures.
In the Water: Enclosures have been built around two piers in the Ship Canal on which the bridge columns rest. These reusable enclosures enable crews to pump out the water surrounding the piers, which provides them access for reinforcing the piers and jacketing the bridge columns. These enclosures, and a third, will be moved from pier to pier as work progresses until all the in-water work is complete. (The photos show workers inside an enclosure; a corner of the contractor’s barge is visible in the picture on the right.)
September 6, 2012
Closures associated with replacement of the bridge lighting continue as follows:
To date the only traffic control measure associated with the seismic retrofit has been a slight shift of the pedestrian route next to the north abutment around the work zone.
August 24, 2012
There will be no closures of the bridge for the replacement of bridge lighting (or seismic retrofit work) from now through Labor Day.
On September 5th & 6th the south bound curbside lane and west sidewalk will be closed from 10:00 AM to 3:30PM. On September 6th and 7th the northbound lane (but NOT the east sidewalk) will be closed from 7:00AM to 12:30PM.
A second night-long full closure of the bridge will take place from 11PM on Saturday September 8th though 7AM, Sunday September 9th. During this closure all four vehicle lanes and one sidewalk will be closed to traffic. One sidewalk will remain available for use, and the bridge will operate normally to permit boat traffic underneath.
This closure is not associated with the seismic retrofit work itself; that contractor has begun work below the north abutment and has shifted one pedestrian routed slightly south around the work zone.
July 11, 2012
SDOT and SCL crews have finished replacing all the poles and luminaries on the west side of the south approach (closest to Fisherman’s Terminal) and will begin work on the east side of the south approach next week.As a result from Tuesday July 17th until further notice the northbound curbside lane and the sidewalk on the east side of the Ballard Bridge will be closed to traffic between 9:00AM and 2:30PM on weekdays. If all goes well, this work will take 2-3 weeks, after which the crews will move on to the northern approach.
July 2, 2012
City crews will be closing a single vehicular lane and the adjacent sidewalk on the Ballard Bridge from 9:00AM to 2:30PM weekdays over the next several weeks.
Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light crews are currently replacing the lighting on the bridge. This involves replacing the pole foundations, erecting the new light poles and luminaries, and installing temporary overhead wiring. Permanent wiring will run through conduit placed after the retrofit work is completed.
The southbound curbside lane and the western sidewalk will be closed 9:00AM to 2:30PM each weekday (except for the 4th of July holiday) through 7/6, after which the northbound curbside lane and eastern sidewalk will be closed during these same hours (9:00AM to 2:30PM).
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There is also a project Hotline (684-5700) that will have the current status of the project and serves as a means of leaving messages for the project staff.
If you have other questions about the project, please contact: Art Brochet, SDOT Project Communications, 206.615.0786, email@example.com