Garbage pickup normal on Labor Day

Seattle Public Utilities tells us that food and yard waste and recycling pickup will be on normal schedule on Labor Day (Monday, September 3). They say containers should be out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. The  City of Seattle’s North & South Recycling and Disposal stations will also be open during their regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 N. 34th St. in the Fremont/Wallingford area.

Lane closures to resume on Ballard Bridge next week

The lighting system upgrade will resume work next week, and drivers can expect to see lane closures starting Tuesday.

From the Seattle Department of Transportation:

Single lane closures on the Ballard Bridge will resume next week for upgrading the lighting system from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. On Wednesday and for part of Thursday, September 5 and 6, the crews plan to close the southbound, right lane and at the same time will also close the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. At some point on Thursday and all day on Friday, September 6 and 7, the crews will change sides, and will close the northbound lane, at which times both sidewalks will remain open.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, both northbound and southbound, from Saturday at 11 p.m. to Sunday at 7 a.m. (September 8 and 9). One sidewalk will remain open, depending on which side of the bridge the crews are working at the time.

During the weeks of September 11 to 14 and 24 to 28, single lane closures will continue from 9 a.m. to 2:30, and again, at least one sidewalk will remain open depending on which side of the bridge the crews are working.


I-5 on ramp at N 85th St. reopens tonight

Tonight, the eastbound lanes on N 85th St. will reopen to traffic between Wallingford Ave N and I-5, allowing drivers to again have access to the on-ramp, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). However, construction will continue on N 85th St. between Aurora Ave N and Wallingford Ave N, so detours will continue to take drivers down to N 80th St. If you’re coming from Ballard, taking N 80th St the whole way could be your best bet, as the detour can cause back-ups at the N 85th St/Aurora intersection. SDOT hopes that part of the project will be done by October.

The on-ramp closure was necessary so they could finish the N/NW 85th St. paving project. They’ll be striping the road, and will reopen once that is finished.

Many online city functions unavailable over Labor Day weekend

From our sister site, PhinneyWood.

The City of Seattle needs to fix a power transmission problem, which directly affects its Data Center. So, starting tomorrow, the city will partially shut down the Data Center to conduct repairs. Everything should be back online on Tuesday.

9-1-1 and other emergency services will not be affected.

Beginning Friday, you won’t be able to pay bills, apply for a permit or business license, view real-time traffic conditions, etc., online. And even in-person activities, such as paying bills or applying for licenses and permits, won’t be available because the computer systems will be offline. That means that Neighborhood Service Centers will be closed on Saturday, including the Ballard location.

The Seattle Animal Shelter will be open but will not be able to issue or renew pet Licenses.

Click here for more info from the city.

Hazmat response in Fisherman’s Terminal

Update: The person being treated by medics has been released. Kevin Briggs, an assistant engineer on Pacific Producer, says the leak happened as they were repairing the ammonia line. The valves had been closed shut, but shipmate Jose Rodriguez says sometimes the valves have faulty seals. “The ammonia just came pouring out in clouds, said Briggs. He said there were ten people on board when it leaked.

Seattle Fire Department’s Kyle Moore says the situation is currently under control; firefighters are suited up in hazmat gear and working to repair the lines. Vessels are being kept 500 feet away from the site. The Pacific Producer is a fish processing vessel, according to Moore.

Earlier: One person is being treated for exposure to an ammonia leak off a boat, Pacific Producer, in Fisherman’s Terminal. The leak has caused a large hazmat response. Drivers can expect congestion near the Ballard Bridge. According to our tipster, Silver, the leak is in an inch and a quarter line that was being cut for repair. .


We’ll update as the story develops.

Drive less and earn with Metro’s ‘In Motion’ program

Starting next month, Ballard and Crown Hill are becoming part of the “In Motion” program, which is an effort to encourage residents to drive less. Starting September 10, you can pledge to reduce drive-alone trips and earn rewards from local businesses. After pledging, participants will receive a free ORCA card with unlimited travel until November 24.

The rewards are given out with each extra week you log your non-driving trips, and include perks like $25 and $50 gift cards from businesses such as Ballard Market, Olympic Athletic Club, and JRA Bike Shop, according to the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about the program, click here.

Art Church proposed to be demolished

The “Art Church” at 2051 N.W. 61st St. could be demolished.

The church was turned into an art gallery and community arts space in early 2009, but has been closed for some time. A Land Use Action board in front of the church indicates it may be demolished. According to the Department of Planning and Development, the land is proposed to be used to develop a “4 unit rowhouse.”

We’ll update with any new information.

Missing link saga: Seattle Hearing Examiner wants Environmental Impact Statement from SDOT

Plans to fix the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail are stalled again. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is being required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) based on findings from the City of Seattle Hearing Examiner. The Examiner found that the Shilshole segment of the missing link will create, “significant adverse impacts in the form of traffic hazards…because of conflicts between truck movements and other vehicle traffic and trail users.” In addition to the EIS, SDOT  will have to study alternatives to the missing link.

The Ballard business representatives Paul Nerdrum, vice president of Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Co. and Warren Aarkevik, owner of Ballard Oil, say they want the city to study the plans in order to fully explore the consequences of developing a trail through a major business corridor.

“We want a trail that is safe and does not undermine the viability of the maritime and industrial businesses so we can continue operating and providing family-wage jobs and benefits to the entire community,” said Nerdrum, Vice President of Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Co. in a press release. In the same release, Aarkevik said the examiner agreed with the businesses, “that the City must study these issues and prove it can safely build a recreational trail through the heart of the maritime and industrial industry in Ballard without putting people’s lives at risk.”

An attorney who represents the Ballard businesses, Josh Brower, said the trail is too dangerous because it crosses 55 industrial driveways and intersections in under two miles. The businesses hope to see an alternative design and alignment for the missing link; they’d like to see a cycle-track that would go up Leary Ave, where it could connect to NW Market St.

SDOT has yet to respond to the Hearing Examiner’s decision.