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May 4, 2009

Construction Update

4/30/2009 This project is complete. Final inspection will happen in early May with any outstanding items being taken care of by June.

4/1/2009 Sandblasting the finished sidewalk has taken longer than expected. The contractor is working around the hours of the adjacent businesses to not impact access. Work is expected to be complete by Friday, April 17.

3/19/2009 Sandblasting the finished sidewalk has begun this week. The final phase of the project will be placing specially engineered soil in the tree pits that avoids soil compaction. Work is expected to be complete by Friday, March 27.

3/5/09 Depending on weather, concrete work should be done by next week. The final phase will be sandblasting the finished sidewalk to achieve the architectural finish required by the Ballard Landmarks District.

2/27/09 The contractor will be pouring concrete on the 5300 block of Ballard Ave NW on Saturday, February 28. Work hours are expected to be 7 am to 4 pm. The contractor is working individually with each business to maintain access as much as possible.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is starting sidewalk repair in historic Ballard to make the walking experience safe and smooth.  Tree pits will also be elongated throughout the corridor where appropriate.

This project will finish the sidewalk repair that has been on-going for the last three years as requested by the Ballard Merchant's Association.  The project is made possible through the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF), a community-based program that is administered by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006. 

Improvements include:

  • Replacing existing sidewalk pavers with exposed aggregate sidewalk as required by the Ballard Avenue Landmark District
  • Elongating existing tree pits to improve tree health
  • Installing new curb ramps where appropriate    

For construction access issues, please contact Gary Merlino Construction, Brian Smedley at (206) 762-9125 (office) or (206) 730-0642 (cell).

What to Expect During Construction

  • Pedestrian detours
  • Parking restrictions
  • Moderate to high construction noise and dust for a short period of time
  • Typical work hours 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Monday thru Friday
  • Business access at all times

Thérèse Casper, SDOT Project Manager, (206) 684-8764,

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