For the last two weekends, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has closed the Ballard Bridge at night, working to paint the areas of the bridge not accessible when the spans are in the down position. They took advantage of good weather last weekend and finished that part of the project ahead of schedule. Crews plan to finish the west side (southbound lane) today, ending the lane and sidewalk closures on that side. However, they plan to resume work on the northbound lane.
SDOT says they plan to again close the northbound lane in order to finish the east side painting. Beginning April 30, they will start closing one northbound lane, but will leave it open between 3 and 8 p.m. for the afternoon/evening commute. SDOT notes that the timing of the sidewalk closures is not tied to the lane closures, and the contractor can close the sidewalks at any time except during the evening commute mentioned before. They add that sidewalks will be open throughout the weekend unless the contractor chooses to work over the weekend.
The painting project is expected to be complete by the end of May.